Linda Jeanette Austin • July 18, 2019
Linda Jeanette Austin, of League City, Texas, passed away in her home on July 18, 2019.
Born on December 22, 1948 in Pensacola, Florida, she is survived by her father, Ben and his wife Laureta, of Pensacola, Florida; her husband of twenty-eight years, Jim Simpson, of League City; her sister Carol, of Pensacola; her sister Frankie and Brother-in-Law, Richard, of Winter Garden, Florida; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews; and Brother- and Sister-in-Law Mack and Elizabeth, and their daughter Carson, of Richardson, Texas. She was preceded in death by her mother, Alma, her sister, Diane and her Father- and Mother-in-Law Jimmie and Pat.
A lifelong educator, Linda graduated from Pensacola High School; received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of West Florida; received her Masters of Business Education from the University of Tennessee; and received her Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Houston. She was recognized as an Exemplary Community College Administrator by the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at the University of Texas, and was held as an expert in increasing female participation in S.T.E.M. programs by the National Science Foundation. She held teaching positions in Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan, as well as several positions within the United States. Most recently, she was employed by Alvin Community College where she was Dean of Technical Programs.
Linda enjoyed gardening, dancing, and travel to coastal regions and the American Southwest. She never met a cat she didn’t love.
Linda was a fan of Houston Astros baseball, and University of Tennessee football, and a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Internment will take place at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on October 5, 2019, located at 7433 Pine Forest Road in Pensacola, FL. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a graveside service afterward.
Linda was held as a trusted and loving friend by all who met and came to know her. In lieu of flowers, donations, of any amount, may be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Treatment Center, and would be greatly appreciated. To donate online to MD Anderson go to: https://gifts.mdanderson.org/Default.aspx?tsid=10503&noamt=true&chosen=100&intcmpid=mdaccorg_donate