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Memorial open house for Linda Klink on April 9

The family of Linda Klink will be holding an informal, drop-in memorial open house on Saturday, April 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. at her home at 5129 Keller Ridge Drive in Clayton.

They warmly welcome any UCOP colleagues who wish to attend in order to offer their condolences and share memories of Linda. No RSVP is required.

You may also wish to offer your thoughts as a comment to this article.


Vice President of Human Resources Dwaine Duckett sent the following email to UCOP staff on March 31:

Dear UCOP colleagues:

It is with considerable sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of a dear colleague, Linda Klink. Linda had been ill, and her family notified us of her passing on Tuesday. She will be greatly missed.

Linda came to the Office of the President after a long career in training and development. Before joining OP, Linda worked at UCSF where she contributed to a variety of training and development initiatives. Prior to that, Linda had an extensive career with the Longs Drugs Pharmacy chain here on the West Coast. Linda’s contributions here at the Office of the President were particularly impactful as she was one of the first official members of OP Local Human Resources, helping to launch the extremely popular OP Leadership Development Program as well as the staff Mentorship Program, both of which she helped me conceptualize, design, implement and manage. She tirelessly continued to evolve and strengthen these flagship programs after their initial launch.

I’m sure many of you know Linda through her leadership in these programs, but her contributions went far beyond, and UCOP will continue to benefit from her work well into the future. I personally thank her for her caring, effort and commitment.

When or if details of services for Linda become known via her family, we will share them. Meanwhile, please join me in reflecting on and acknowledging Linda’s contributions to UCOP.

Dwaine B. Duckett
Vice President
Systemwide Human resources


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  1. Diane Diotte April 5, 2016 Reply

    Linda Klink was always the consummate professional and will always be remembered for her expertise and kind heart.

  2. Rhonda Tompkins April 5, 2016 Reply

    Linda was a champion for learning and development at UCOP, and a great mentor who freely shared her wisdom, knowledge and tools. Linda, you are truly missed.

  3. Dan Scannell April 5, 2016 Reply

    Linda will certainly be missed here at UCOP. Her kind and friendly demeanor helped numerous staff navigate (and graduate from) the Leadership Development Program and the Mentorship Program with significantly improved skill sets. She was very thoughtful, and always open to new ideas on improving training programs. I was shocked to hear of her passing, and saddened that we lost such a great person and friend. RIP.

  4. ana trejo April 5, 2016 Reply

    Linda always offered a warm smile and was always willing to help. She was friendly and thoughtful. I will always remember the travel tips she provided me when I was going to Italy. She made the best recommendations and shared her experience traveling to Italy and how much she enjoyed the times she was there. You will be missed.

  5. Mary Daughtry April 5, 2016 Reply

    I’m going to miss Lind’s warm smile. She was such a sweet person and will always be remembered. I will keep the family in my prayers, and that God will comfort your hearts.

  6. Jackie Johnson April 5, 2016 Reply

    I could talk to Linda anytime of the day. She was so helpful and inspirational to me. I am going to miss Linda!!

  7. Michael Trevino April 5, 2016 Reply

    I’m saddened by the passing of Linda Klink. She was instrumental to the development of the UC CORO Leadership Program, and was a thoughtful and caring person for all of us participants in the program. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda’s family and loved ones.

  8. John Fox April 6, 2016 Reply

    A huge loss. Linda was passionate about her work and dedicated to helping others in big and small ways. She played a significant role in developing programs that hopefully will continue to serve the OP community into the future. Her spirit and enthusiam are greatly missed.

  9. Leslie Golden April 12, 2016 Reply

    It’s hard to believe that Linda is gone. She was a special colleague and friend, always able to listen and understand what people needed. Linda made a positive difference for many in both their personal and professional lives. She will be sadly missed.

  10. Alina Tejera April 20, 2016 Reply

    Linda brightened our halls with her smile and spirit and tirelessly kept UCOP engaged in learning and development. She loved her job and it showed. I always enjoyed our professional collaborations and I learned so much from her. She was a wise and encouraging mentor to me and countless others. I will miss our check-ins when she sat in the office next to me — I always looked forward to hearing about her latest adventure. Many of us here at OP feel this loss deeply and will cherish our memories of Linda.

  11. Matthew Leet April 20, 2016 Reply

    Linda was a leader and an advocate for her colleagues. She made such a huge impact on my career and I will forever be grateful to her for her inclusive spirit and optimistic approach.

  12. Garen Corbett May 17, 2016 Reply

    Linda took an exceptional and genuine interest in her colleagues, and cared deeply about making our organization even better. Her quiet charm, determination, and willingness to move boulders uphill has been inspiring and served as a model for us all. Her warmth and kindness were among her many fine qualities. RIP…

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