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Linda Umbach

Class of 1962

After graduation in May of 1962, I completed my Medical Cytotechnologist training begun in the summer of 1961 at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore.  In 1965, I graduated from Duke University with a Master’s degree in Microbiology, having studied avian leukemia viruses.  I then joined the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, studying the possible associations between viruses and cancer.  Unfortunately, I became quite ill with an autoimmune disease at that time, which set the stage for the rest of my life.  Happily, at that same time, I also met the love of my life, Walt, a Cornell Engineering graduate. To our marriage he brought 4 fabulous boys and we added a son, Tom, and a daughter, Susan.  We now have 16 delightful grandchildren!  We were transferred to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1968, thinking it would be temporary, but we’re still here and love it!   During my checkered career I did research at Stanford Hospital, studying the strange malady which was later identified as HIV-AIDS. Later I fell into a totally different line of work as a Real Estate Broker, which I did for over 30 years.  My retirement is even busier than when I was working, with volunteer commitments to the Bay Area Association of Kidney Patients (a local patient education and support group) and (having been a frequent patient, in particular for a kidney transplant), the Stanford Hospital Patient Advisory Council.

My interests have changed through the years: Hiking, camping, skiing, organic gardening (with bees and chickens), women’s soccer, home building and remodeling, and now grandchildren, horseback riding and volunteering!