By Don Mueggenborg
Linda White, former IPC president and champion marathon racer, died October 13, 2016.
Linda was IPC president from 1983 to 1984. She was IPC treasurer from 1985 to 1991.
When Linda took over as president, the Illinois paddling Council was going through one of its transition periods. She helped the transition go smoothly. She was a voice of reason as president and board member.
She seemed to always have a smile on her face and a laugh. She was a very upbeat person. After her health prevented her from racing, she often showed up at races just to say hi and encourage people.
Linda and her husband Doug showed up at the St Charles Canoe Club practice one day with an aluminum canoe. They would paddle by themselves until they were noticed by a couple paddlers who gave them pointers. Before you knew it, they were an active part of the paddling community.
They became champion racers. She often raced with her husband Doug, but also with others in Women’s or Mixed. Many a race I battled Linda and Ed Hahn, when Doug was racing C-1. Whoever she paddled with, they were usually the best on the water. Linda was probably the best woman paddler in Illinois for several years. She won mixed couples racing in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, and1989; she won women’s in 1984 and 1990. Linda was also one of the smartest paddlers I knew.
On a personal note:
It always amazed me how such a small woman could be such a good paddler. I have paddled with many people over the years, and with some of the best, you can feel the boat move when they make a stroke. When I raced with Linda, you hardly knew she was there, but we always finished first in our class, if not first in the race. I was glad to know her as a friend.