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Linda Hughey Wyatt '60

Linda Hughey Wyatt died in Austin on June 25, 2013, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Without complaining during the final stages, she remained upbeat, welcoming family and visitors with her beautiful smile. She had an adventurous spirit, unquenched curiosity, and was totally devoted to her family and friends. She was compassionate and viewed all people as individuals, and loved inquiring about their lives. Linda was born in Pittsburgh, PA and spent her first few years in California, PA where her mother was Professor of Studio Art and her father was Professor of English Literature at California State College of Pennsylvania. Following her mother’s death when she was three, Linda was cared for by her Aunt and Grandmother in Greenfield, Ohio. She returned to California, PA to attend high school, and then attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. As part of their work-study program, she worked on the Columbus, OH newspaper and greatly enjoyed several work sessions in New York City, where she worked in midtown Manhattan and in the Bronx. She later transferred to Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her B.A in English. During that time, she student taught high school literature in Altoona, PA. She then moved back to Pittsburgh and obtained her M.S. in Library Science at Carnegie-Mellon University. Here she met her future husband, Bob, who was also a graduate student at CMU. After a year working in the Cincinnati Public Library, she moved to Baltimore and worked in the Literature Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Bob and Linda were married in Baltimore during his last year in graduate school at Johns Hopkins. They then spent one year in England, where Linda worked in the library at the University of Keele, near Manchester and Liverpool. The following year, Bob and Linda lived in Cambridge, MA, where Linda worked in the library at Simmons College in Boston while Bob was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Linda and Bob then moved to Austin, where Bob became Assistant Professor at the University of Texas. Their daughter Elizabeth Michelle, born six months after they arrived in Austin, has always been a devout Austinite. Linda was a world traveler who greatly enjoyed extended trips of a month or more to Los Alamos, New Mexico, Okazaki, Japan, Paris and Montpellier, France and Beijing and Shandong, China as well as shorter trips to Tokyo, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, New Delhi, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. Linda’s knowledge and interest in arts and crafts, especially textiles and quilting, resulted in numerous pleasurable visits to museums in the US, Europe, and Asia. Well known to her friends was her love for literature, especially British and American historical novels and mysteries. Linda will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Linda is survived by her husband and daughter Beth, who lives in Denver. The physicians and nurses at Austin Cancer Centers are thanked for their support and kindness over the past few years. Special thanks are given to Odyssey Hospice for compassionate care during the final weeks of her illness. Cremation is being handled by Heart of Texas Cremation and Burial Service. Donations in her name to one of the following would be appropriate: Gentiva Hospice Foundation (www.gentivahospicefoundation.org), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, KMFA, KUT, or the Blanton Museum of Art