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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.

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