Remembering Linda Stewart

April 11, 2013


Today’s post was written by Patricia Baker, president & CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation.

In March, the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) lost a valuable member of our staff, Linda Stewart.  This death took all of us by surprise which has heightened our sense of grief, but in no way diminishes the important contribution Linda made to the foundation.

Linda Stewart was a woman of great depth and made the foundation better for her presence.  For me Linda was the closest example I have of “grace.”  She was quiet and wise, funny and loving, gracious and welcoming, a calm presence that always made things better.

If you had a chance to hear her sing, your soul was lifted by her beautiful voice. She was a leader in her church, a loving mother and grandmother, and an efficient smart staff member that made sure we did not lose our way.

I owe so much to her and know that much of what I have accomplished over the last years is due in great part to Linda.  She is missed, and we are all better for knowing her.

4 Responses to Remembering Linda Stewart

  1. Oh, my heart is saddened by this news of Linda’s passing… I did not know… I remember Linda as a beautiful woman with a strong character, so professional and helpful in my dealings with her and the CT Health Foundation. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda’s family…With much love…

  2. Carol Pollack says:

    Linda had a special way of touching those she came into contact with. This quote has given us some peace — “Maybe then she could rest knowing that along the way, people had taken her Spirit deep within them where she would nourish their souls forever in the ordinary experiences of their everyday lives.”

  3. Rev. Stewart was an AMAZING person who loved God, her family and her community. I’ve known her since I was a toddler & when I came to the office as a Fellow-in-training, I was more than happy to see her beautiful face at the desk. She is missed, but resting peacefully in God’s arms.

  4. Alyssa Norwood says:

    I am terrifically saddened by this news. Thank you, Pat, for your eloquent words.

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