San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)
Linda Durkin Worcel
January 1, 1942 - April 27, 2021
Linda Durkin Worcel was born in Cleveland and grew up in Rhinelander, WI. She graduated from Lawrence University and received a graduate degree in history from the University of Wisconsin, where she met her husband, Abraham Worcel. After teaching high school history in Madison, Linda and Abe moved to Paris where Abe continued his research at the Pasteur Institute. Linda spent three years in Paris immersing herself in French language, culture, and cuisine and the pair traveled extensively throughout Europe, acquiring a passion for the finer things (most especially of the culinary variety). The couple returned to the United States and settled in Princeton, where Abe was a biology professor and Linda was a psychology research coordinator, and where they had their daughter. When the family moved to Rochester NY, Linda began her career in higher education development, a career she continued at Stanford University, where she retired as Assistant Vice President of Operations for development. Upon retirement, Linda moved to Portland OR to be part of her beloved granddaughter’s daily life.
Linda had an insatiable intellectual curiosity, read voraciously, and had a passion for classical music, nature, and Siamese cats.
She was an avid consumer of high-quality journalism and closely followed the news and politics. Linda was vibrant, opinionated, feisty, and strong willed. Parties at Linda’s were full of great food, great company, and stimulating conversation. She had a wide and everexpanding web of friends and also was a mentor and friend to her friends’ children and Sonia’s friends. Linda is pre-deceased by Abe and her brother Gib (with whom she shared a love of root beer floats, the woods of Northern Wisconsin, and good books), and is survived by her daughter Sonia, daughter-in-law Cheryle, granddaughter Tessa, and treasured nieces and nephews. Post-pandemic there will be a celebration of Linda’s life in the Stanford area and a family burial service in Wisconsin. Gifts in memory of Linda can be directed to Oregon Public Broadcasting.