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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Fay Sinkin, leading environmentalist, activist dies @ 90



90-year-old Fay Sinkin, (photo)

By Carmina Danini and Edmund Tijerina - Express-News

Fay Sinkin, half of this city's original power couple, a leading environmentalist, activist, and passionate proponent of protecting the Edwards Aquifer, died late Wednesday night.
She was 90.

A liberal activist like her husband, William R. “Bill'' Sinkin, she was at the forefront for more than a half century of efforts to improve San Antonio, particularly in the areas of public health and water.

Her life was filled with firsts: the first woman to serve on the city's Board of Health; the first woman to serve on a Bexar County grand jury and the first woman to be elected by Bexar County to the Edwards Underground Water District.

Her activism grew out of the appalling living conditions she saw, particularly on the East and West sides when she arrived in San Antonio from her native New York in 1942.

She became a member of the San Antonio chapter of the League of Women Voters and became president in 1947. This involvement propelled her into civic activism. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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