Lab Community Mourns Passing of L. Even, Former Environmental Engineer;
Memorial set for 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28
Linda Lucille Even, 62, passed away on May 24, 2014, at her home of 21 years in Newport News, due to metastatic breast cancer.
Born in Evanston, Ill., on Sept. 15, 1951, of parents Mary Ann (Ziegele) and Paul Arthur Even, Linda grew up in Skokie, Ill., attending St. Peter’s Catholic School and Niles East High School, graduating in 1969. Intending to be a teacher, she attended Illinois State University at Normal for two years then decided to follow a technical education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Working part time to support this change in goals, she graduated from the NU Technological Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering in 1977.
From 1977 to 1993, she worked at Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia, Ill., where she progressed from energy conservation and architectural services to the chairmanship of the Fermilab Engineering Policy Committee, the Field Liaison for construction and related environmental issues like the Wetlands Mitigation for the $150M Main Injector Project, and the Construction Project Manager for the assessment, planning, design, and construction of the site-wide radiation shielding upgrade. During this period she earned a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at IIT in 1988. In 1993 she moved to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, where among many other things, she became responsible for environmental reporting to federal, state, and local agencies.
In 2002, Linda and her husband, Rolland, founded Muons, Inc. a private R&D company specializing in particle accelerators. After retiring from Jefferson Lab in 2010, she returned to working as the Environmental Engineer at Muons, Inc., a position she held at the time of her death.
Linda’s personal interests included tennis, volleyball, gardening, boating, opera and travel. She was an avid tennis player and often organized teams and leagues at peninsula tennis facilities (Hilton Tennis Club-where she served on the board, Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center, and Centre Court) and the USTA. She was an exceptional puzzle competitor, where many Boggle opponents would only play her if she were blindfolded. She was a supporter of many causes including the Nature Conservancy and ACLU. She was actively involved in Al-Anon.
Linda is survived by her husband Rolland Paul Johnson; parents Mary Ann Even of Skokie, and Art Even of Bullhead City, Ariz,; stepdaughter Jenifer Marya Guysmans; stepson Russell Johnson; granddaughter Kaia Guysmans; and siblings, John Even, Mary Ann Even, Michael (Rose) Even, and Nancy (David) Winans.
A memorial gathering will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday May 28, at the Weymouth Funeral Home at 12746 Nettles Road, Newport News. A Catholic Mass followed by internment will be held in June 2014 at St. Peter’s Church in Skokie, IL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Submitted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 11:19am