Thomas Edward "Tom" Linklater (1948 - 2012)

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Thomas Edward "Tom" Linklater, 64, died on March 31, 2012 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington from complications of a brain tumor.

Tom was born February 11, 1948, in Portland, Oregon to Edward and Ruth Linklater (nee Rold), sharing his birth with his beloved twin sister Jean. He graduated from Brown University in 1970 with a degree in American Literature and later received a Master's Degree in English from the University of Oregon, Eugene.

In 1975, Tom moved to Juneau and fell in love with his adopted hometown community. Tom worked for the state of Alaska in the Department of Labor, the Department of Administration, and the Department of Health and Social Services. But Tom is best remembered as a longtime staff member of Juneau's Perseverance Theatre. First hired in 1984, his theater career included acting, grant writing, marketing, fundraising, and writing for the stage. Juneau theatergoers will remember Tom, elegantly attired in his tuxedo, selling raffle tickets for the theater's annual travel raffle. Tom is still the longest serving staff member of Perseverance Theatre, retiring from his arts career in 2006.

In addition to working for the theatre, Tom performed in many productions. He also wrote for the stage, co-writing with Merry Ellefson, Out of the Blue: An Alaska Adventure about the many exploits newcomers have when they first encounter life in Alaska. In addition, Tom loved writing poetry and fiction, and has been published in a number of literary journals.

Tom volunteered at KTOO in TV and radio in the early days of the station, and was a longtime supporter and volunteer for local arts organizations in Juneau.

In 2004, Tom married his longtime partner, Gina Spartz. They made their home in Juneau enjoying a wonderful life of love and friendship.

He is preceded in death by his father Edward Linklater. He is survived by his wife Gina Spartz, his mother Ruth Linklater, sister and brother-in-law Jean and Harry Lyons, nieces Jenny Lyons, Megan Wigton, Gina Hays, nephews Kevin Lyons, Liam Campbell, Matthew Hays, mother-in-law Mary Lou Spartz, stepmother-in-law Roberta Spartz, sisters-in-law Tracy (Gary) Campbell, India Spartz (Alex Stevens), Robin (Robert) Hays, and brother-in-law Jonathan Spartz. Tom is also lovingly remembered by his family in Iowa, New York, and Colorado as well as friends and family throughout the state of Alaska and beyond.

A memorial service will be held at Perseverance Theatre in Douglas on Sunday, May 20th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tom Linklater Memorial Fund through Key Bank in Juneau, or to Perseverance Theatre.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 30 to May 6, 2012