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Obituary: Linda Chase

Linda Chase, of Manchester and London, England, has died of cancer April 8, 2011 at age 69.  Linda grew up in Manhasset and had lived in Britain for 40 years.

Linda graduated from Manhasset High School, class of 1959, where she was chairman of the student congress, captain of the Orange Team, a cheerleader and played cello in the school orchestra. She was active in the Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship. She studied English and creative writing at Denison University in Ohio and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she worked as a theater costume designer. She met the British academic Paul Broda and, after insisting on seeing the Grand Canyon first, married him and left for the United Kingdom in 1967.  They lived first in Edinburgh, Scotland, and later in Manchester, England.  Although the marriage eventually failed, they remained good friends and Linda stayed in England.

In addition to writing poetry, Linda’s interests included the women’s movement, fundraising for the arts and teaching t’ai chi.

Besides her own writing, she gave counsel in countless workshops to beginners of every age and experience. This generosity was beautifully expressed in her poem “What to Do With Sorrow” in which she wrote, “I could take your sorrow out somewhere … I don’t think we will be back early… Go ahead and eat without us.”

Her parents and her brother, Jonathan “Skip” Chase, predeceased her.  Her children, Cleo and Andrew, and four grandchildren, survive her. 

See you Monday, Linda.