Linda LaBaume

Linda Beth (LB)
LaBaume, 68, of Houston, Texas, passed away in hospice care January 31, 2013. LB was born in Abilene, Texas, January 4, 1945, to JT and Dessie Dee LaBaume. LB grew up in Pecos, Texas, exhibited talent with both piano and clarinet, and graduated valedictorian from Pecos high school (1963). LB graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with B.S. (1968) and Ph.D. (1979) degrees in chemistry. She played baritone in the UT Marching Band and played at LBJ's presidential inauguration. At UT, LB became a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a scholastic honor society, and after graduation, a member of Iota Sigma Pi, an honor society for women in chemistry. Post graduation, LB worked one year with Dr. William Shive at UT and five years with Dr. Robert W. Guynn at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas. Her research with Dr. Guynn, as both a Welch and a NIAAA Postdoctoral Fellow, focused on understanding the biochemical basis of alcoholism. From 1979 to 1985, LB presented at several major annual biochemistry conferences, including the IUB conference in Perth, Western Australia in 1982. In 1985, LB changed careers and became an alcohol and drug counselor. From 1987 to 1993, LB provided direct client services as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor (C.A.D.A.C.) for New Directions. In 1993, LB opened her own private practice, D.A.T.A. (Discovering Alternatives To Addiction) Counseling, which she operated until she retired in 2010. She is survived by her stepmother, Bonnie LaBaume and her stepsister, Sherry Cheatam, both of Dale, Texas, and her lifetime partner, Mary Pratt of Houston, Texas.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 21, 2013