Linda Dowdy of Bethel, MN, crossed the “rainbow bridge” into eternity on Monday, August 13, 2012, at age 72.
Linda touched and impacted the lives of many people from all walks of life. Her professional life began with a degree in electrical engineering and a career as a software engineer for Unisys in White Sands, New Mexico. Linda transferred with Unisys to Minneapolis in 1979, a pioneer as one of very few female engineers at that time.
After retiring, she embarked on a fulfilling second career as a flight instructor. She served as chief flight instructor for Anoka-based flight schools, and was named a Master Certificated Flight Instructor and the 2009 Minnesota Flight Instructor of the Year. Her last enterprise, Sim Flite Minnesota, is a premier simulator-based training company. Linda’s gifts as a teacher and mentor helped countless men and women seize the sky and earn their wings.
Such passion characterized her love for animals throughout her life as well: Her home was shared with Malamutes, other breeds, and formerly homeless cats, and she could be found at AKC events as an expert on structure and form, judging sweepstakes classes at Malamute specialty shows. She also took her dogs to competitions in sledding events. Linda held an honorary lifetime membership in the Alaskan Malamute Club of America, was newsletter editor of the Minnesota Malamute Club for several years, and headed AMCA’s chondrodysplasia testing program.
She is survived by her sister, Helen Baumgartner, and “special sister” Sharon Scholl. Linda is also greatly missed by her many friends.
A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, August 20, 2012, at the RC Avionics hangar at Anoka County Airport. Donations in her memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, AMCA, and the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots.