Linda Lockett, age 78, died on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, Asheville, NC. She was born on April 26, 1942 in Manhattan, NY to Hyman and Blanche Kasanoff. Linda received her BA Degree from Milton College, Milton, WI and her MS in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Linda was an outstanding teacher/trainer who impacted students and participants in the U.S. and around the world. She taught English in traditional middle schools as well as alternative high school programs for potential dropouts. In 1973, she met her future husband on a chartered bus travelling to attend an alternative school conference in Hilton Head, SC and later helped him establish an alternative school program in Perth Amboy, NJ. From 1980 to 1984 Linda and her husband were responsible for establishing a Save the Children program in the Central Pacific’s newly independent nation of Tuvalu. Working with locally elected officials, women’s groups and Peace Corps Volunteers, they oversaw the planning and implementation of self-help projects. After returning from Tuvalu, Linda joined the training staff of Save the Children and conducted training programs for SAVE staff and host country nationals through the US, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 1985, she was selected to lead a delegation of SAVE female field staff to participate in the End of Women’s Decade N.G.O. Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. After moving to Florida in 1991, Linda became a Training Consultant for the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County and later a trainer for the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse – Healthy Families America Program.
At Deerfield, Linda was a valued member of several Residential Council Committees as well as the Danny Boone Scholarship Fund Committee.
To quote a colleague, “She was a strong warrior and a good friend. This world was a better place because of her.”
Linda is survived by her husband, David (Jack) Lockett; three step-sons: Michael (Kathy Young) Lockett of Oceanside, CA; Patrick Lockett of Asheville, NC; Christopher (Kim) Lockett of Huntington Beach, CA; three grandchildren: Meghan Lockett of St. Augustine, FL; Ryan Lockett of Charlottesville, VA; and Kiley Lockett of Oceanside, CA; and a twin brother Paul (Shirley) Kasanoff of Longs, SC.
Linda’s cremated remains will be placed in the St. Giles Memorial Garden on the Deerfield Campus. There will be no Memorial Service.
Special thanks go to Deerfield’s Skilled Nursing Staff. Donations in honor of Linda may be made to the Deerfield Employees’ Appreciation Fund or the Danny Boone Scholarship Fund.