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SPENCER, Dr. Linda Dr. Linda Spencer, 75, of Marietta, passed away peacefully on Saturday November 12, 2016. She leaves behind a lifetime of nursing and humanitarian contributions and her legacy will be carried on by the thousands of lives she touched through direct service, teaching, and friendships. Linda was a retired U.S. Army Nurse Corps Colonel who spent decades working in various areas of public health both in the U.S. and in international settings. She retired from Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, where she was clinical associate professor. Linda felt that her most meaningful work was done serving vulnerable populations. She spent two years with the International Red Cross based in Russia as well as assignments with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, American Leprosy Mission and US State Dept. She worked in Nigeria, Liberia, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Pakistan, Georgia, and Iraq. Linda was able to meet Mother Teresa while leading a project in India that focused on early recognition of leprosy. Dr. Spencer was a consultant to the US Army Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD and the Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine in Aberdeen, MD. Since 2001, she focused her work on the role of the public health nurse in emergency preparedness. She served on the Red Cross condolence team after the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. In 2002, Dr. Spencer received the Florence Nightingale Medal the highest honor bestowed upon a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. Her most recent endeavor was nurse education in China in 2014. Linda is survived by her husband, Max Morrow, who will miss her dearly. Services to be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Mary Chapel with wake on 11/18/16 at 7pm, Funeral Mass to be held 11/19 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 17, 2016
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