Linda's Story

UW Health Organ Procurement Organization organ donor LindaLinda's life ended all too soon when she died suddenly and unexpectedly on June 2, 2010, leaving behind her beloved husband Dave, her golden retriever Jessie, and friends too numerous to count.


Linda would probably like to be remembered for three things in particular. She was a mathematician, with her PhD from the University of Wyoming, whose career was spent at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. During that time she authored or co-authored over a dozen research papers, was widely regarded as one of the university's most outstanding teachers, and earned the rank of Professor. A major scholarship at UW-L has been established in her memory.


Second, Linda fell in love with the Mississippi River and the bluffs around La Crosse, with its natural beauty, birds, and wildlife. In addition to hiking, canoeing and cross-country skiing, she was an active member or volunteer for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Foundation and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy.


Third, she had a lifelong passion for books of all sorts: fiction, popular science, natural history and biographies. When she was not outdoors, she could usually be found sitting by the picture window with a cup of tea and a new book. She had a good feeling for the books that her husband would enjoy, and although he tried, he steadily fell behind in keeping up with her recommendations.


As a caring, empathetic woman, I am certain that Linda would be gratified to know that in death she was one of the few people who was able to give life and tissue to others.