July 17, 1942 - July 7, 2012
Linda passed away in Beaverton, after a long battle with cancer.
Survivors include her husband, Ira Frankel; sister, Kerin Lommen (Jory) of Milwaukie; brother Kenneth (Lexa) of Redmond; three nephews; and one niece.
Linda was born in Portland to Kenneth and Maxine Huddle, and grew up on the family dairy farm. At the University of Oregon, she earned a degree in Spanish and education, and later a masters degree. She devoted her career in education to helping marginalized young people gain access to education.
Music was an integral part of Linda's life. Linda and Ira were long-time members of the Portland Folk Music Society. They performed together as the Polyglots, singing songs from many countries. This community of musicians became a family to Linda and Ira.
In 2000, as director of Portland Community Colleges Prep Alternative Program, Linda co-developed the Gateway to College Program. This program has been expanded to over 100 school districts in 30 states and is supported by grants from the Gates Foundation and other national foundations. After 40 years in education, Linda retired from PCC in 2010. In her honor, PCC has established the Linda Huddle Student Success Scholarship to give assistance for at-risk students who have completed the program Linda directed. Once endowed at $25,000, it will provide an annual $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student.
Anyone wishing to honor Linda with a donation to the Scholarship Fund is asked to send a contribution to the "Huddle Scholarship", PCC Foundation, P.O. Box 19000, Portland, OR 97280.