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Margaret Lin Folsom ’57

November 8, 2021, in Anacortes, Washington, from heart condition complications.

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Lin was raised in Darien and graduated high school from Putney School in Vermont. After graduating from Reed with a degree in biology, she earned a master’s degree in botany at the University of Colorado Boulder. Lin worked at a variety of biology labs, including in Berkeley, at Washington State University, and at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

In 1958, she married William Page; they had three children. True to her adventurous spirit, she and her husband took the family, including a golden retriever, to Gabes, Tunisia, where they spent a year learning the culture, food, history, and exploring the surrounding desert. Upon returning, the family moved to Gold Hill, Colorado, and then to Niwot, Colorado, where she worked in water and wastewater treatment for the City of Longmont.

Lin moved to Lynnwood, Washington, to Arlington, and finally to Anacortes, which she loved because she couldn’t get enough of the water and loved wooden boats. Her favorite pastime was sailing Myrica, her wooden sailboat, and she was a board member of the Center for Wooden Boats, Anacortes Yacht Club, and OARS. With her favorite horse, Code, she was very involved in the hunter/jumper sport. She was active in the Kiwanis Club, Anacortes Planning Commission, Anacortes Senior Center, and the quilting club. One of the most inspiring and life-changing organizations for Lin was NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Her volunteer work through Family to Family, CTI training, and other NAMI outreach programs greatly affected her life, and she took great joy in helping others through her work.

Lin is survived by her son, Edward Page; her daughters, Leah Burke and Margaret Stroble; and her half-brother, Donald Frothingham Jr.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2022

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