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Linda Callon
Sep. 2, 1939 - Jan. 6, 2018
Saratoga
Linda Callon (née Feinberg) of Saratoga, California, passed away Saturday, January 6, at the age of 78.
A Los Angeles native, Linda was born on September 2, 1939, to Harry Feinberg of Buffalo, New York, and Mary (Nichols) Feinberg of St. Marys, Ohio, and grew up in the Leimert Park neighborhood. As a child, she enjoyed taking the Red Car trolley to the beach, and was a competitive swimmer at the Los Angeles Athetic Club. A product of Catholic education from kindergarten through college, she attended high school at St. Mary's Academy and enrolled at Mount St. Mary's College, where she was student body president and majored in Mathematics (Class of '61).
Following graduation, she joined IBM as a systems engineer, where she met her husband Jack. They were married in 1962, the beginning of a 55-year partnership, which included seven years living abroad in Japan and Germany, an experience she cherished, before moving to Saratoga in 1972.
She became active with the League of Women Voters and entered local politics, successfully managing former Santa Clara County Supervisor Rod Diridon's first campaign for supervisor in 1974 and subsequently serving as his chief administrative aide. She served on the Saratoga Planning Commission before being elected to the Saratoga City Council in 1976 and serving as the first woman Mayor of Saratoga from 1980 to 1983.
In 1980 she graduated cum laude from the Santa Clara University School of Law, which led to a 35-year career with the firm Berliner, Cohen as a partner specializing in land use, environmental and municipal law. Her legal work ranged from the development of Santana Row to serving as the City Attorney of Gilroy for 25 years.
A recreational swimmer for many years and an avid walker and hiker, she loved the outdoors and deeply enjoyed annual walking trips with her close friends.
She is survived by her husband Jack; her sons Mark, Scott and John, who were a great source of pride and enjoyment for her; nine grandchildren (Wynne Callon, Sam Callon, Ted Callon, Eliot Callon, Kate Callon, Ben Callon, Claire Callon, Daniel Callon, Olivia Callon); her beloved Aunt Martha and cousins Lora, Barbara, and Gayle.
Linda was a success story for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Stanford Hospital, participating in an early trial and beating an advanced lymphoma diagnosis to live another full and active 20 years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Ascension at 12033 Miller Avenue in Saratoga. Her final resting place will be Madronia Cemetery.
In lieu of sending flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Stanford Blood & Marrow Transplant Program (bmt.stanford.edu).


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 10, 2018
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