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Linda Saarinen Schoenbeck ’62

Linda Saarinen Schoenbeck ’62, December 12, 1995, in Beavercreek, Oregon as a result of injuries sustained during a wind storm. Linda and her husband, Ralph Schoenbeck ’62, owned and operated a sheep and cattle farm in Beavercreek. She earned a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1969 but left the field to raise a family and devote time to their farm. Four years ago she returned to work, taking a position with Oligos Etc., a Wilsonville-based company that makes synthetic DNA for research. She was an active community volunteer who helped organize the annual Beavercreek Bust summer festival and the Beavercreek Boosters food and toy drive. In 1987–88 she took a course in industrial video production at Portland Community College and later volunteered with a Spanish-language community access cable TV program. She loved traveling, foreign films, gardening, and taking continuing education classes. In addition to her husband, she is survived by their two sons, David and Michael ’92.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1996

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