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Dr. Linda Kinkel Obituary

Linda Kinkel, Ph.D.

A Memorial Service for Dr. Linda Kinkel will be held
on Tuesday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m., at Luther Village,
Oakton and Kennicott Sts., Whittenberg Commons,
1220 N. Village Dr., Arlington Hts.

Born June 8, 1952, to Chris and Arlene Kinkel in Chicago, Dr. Kinkel passed away on October 16. Inspired by her Grandfather, John Rieck, Linda educated herself in the fields of biology and ornithology. Chosen Woman of the Year in 1978 by the Young Women of America Assn., Linda studied birds around the world, participated in many seagull studies, and wrote articles for numerous nature journals. She received her BS from Northern Ill.Univ. in 1976; her MS from NIU in 1979, and then went onto receive her PhD in avian behavioral ecology from NIU in 1988.

She was an instructor at Kishwaukee Comm. 1984 and 1987, NIU in 1984, Leelanau School (Central Mich.) in 1982, and an assistant ecologist to ENCAP in 1977. In 1988 she taught at the Ill. Math and Science Acad. in Aurora. Self-employed, Linda went on to participate in environmental impact studies for the City of Chicago, and for the town of Bartlett's controversial bale fill project. Dr. Kinkel was a member of the following professional societies: Amer. Assn. for the Advancement of Science, American Ornithologist Assn., Assn. of Field Ornithologists, Colonial Water Bird Soc., Cooper Ornithology Soc., Pacific Seabird Grp., Phi Sigma Soc. and the Soc. of Sigma Chi,.Linda was also a writer and poet, publishing her first book of poetry, "The World within and around Us," in 2000. Her second book, "A Kaleidoscope Life", is due this year.

A lone wolf and a fighting spirit were Linda's trademark ways. She always questioned the obvious using her intellect and her burning desire for idealistic and peaceful outcomes. Linda was diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis in 1993. With help from Linda's Aunt and Uncle, Clarence and Marilyn Schawk, cousins Cathy, David (Teryl) Schawk, Lisa (Scot) Stearnes, and Judy (Bruce) Gallo, Linda was able to reside in her home in Maple Park for the majority of the years she suffered from MS. She is also survived by her Father and Mother, Chris and Arlene of Arlington Heights; her sister Nancy (Brad) Gamss of Kildeer; her niece and nephews, Jennifer Hanson, Chris Hanson and Ryan Gamss; and her brother Eric of Palatine.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Family
Centered Hospice 2171 Executive Drive, Suite 500,
Addison, IL. 60101 (630-317-3300).

To further understand my late sister Linda visit;

Linda's Life Story | Daily Herald | Search

Eric's speech at Linda's memorial

My sister Linda Kinkel's story

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