Augustana Mourns Loss of Cathy Lindamood

Cathy Lindamood, Augustana's assistant director of Study Abroad, passed away on Sunday, April 20, following a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, at Augustana's Chapel of Reconciliation. 

Lindamood graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in French, including a year of study in France at the Université de Tours and later earned an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton.

During her career, Lindamood taught all levels of French and ran numerous courses abroad. In addition to her duties as a study abroad advisor, she also taught a Foreign Language Methods course at Augustana.

Donn Grinager, director of International Programs at Augustana, worked closely with Lindamood.

"In many respects, Cathy was the heart and soul of the International Programs Office," Grinager said. "Not only did she bring a range of professional qualifications and experiences to her work each and every day, she also served as a role model in the way she welcomed international students to their new home and encouraged American students to seek their own adventures. She constantly reminded students that our diverse world is a gift and worthy of embrace. Beyond the duties of the office, Cathy and her husband, Tim, participated in the Augustana Friendship Family program. They were constantly welcoming students to their home. Students from all over the world regularly gathered around their dining room table where they shared a meal in friendship and learned about each other's home, family and culture. Cathy was an ambassador and peace-maker in the most important of ways. She was a valued colleague, and more importantly, a good friend. She will always be on our minds and in our hearts."

Former Augustana student Lukas Voss, a native of Germany, grew to know Lindamood through the Friendship Family program. Voss wrote of Lindamood's impact on his life in this note:

"You opened your home to me. You opened your heart to me and you opened my life to some of the greatest people I have ever met. I am eternally grateful for what you have done for me during my time with your family.  Your ever-so-motivated spirit touched not only my life but that of many other people around you. You are the reason why I was able to reach my goals and because of what I have learned from you I am a firm believer in what I can achieve and what I can become. You are a true inspiration to everybody who has met you."

Lindamood is survived by her husband Timothy Lindamood (Sioux Falls); her daughters, Leah Lindamood, Elizabeth (Lindamood) Bestoso, Rebecca Lindamood and Abigail Lindamood; her nephew-sons, James Lindamood, Jacob Lindamood and Harley Lindamood; her parents, James Louis and Patricia (Burke) Frey; and her siblings, Amanda (Frey) Regan, James Andrew Frey, Jayne (Frey) Brindley, Kevin Frey, Victoria (Frey) Malvey and Linda (Frey) Verstraete.

In lieu of flowers, the Lindamood family suggests a donation to either Augustana College in support of the Jerry J. Looney Study Abroad Scholarship Fund or Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, Mass., in support of the Cathy Lindamood Student Scholarship Fund.