Linda Kaye
Linda Kaye's portfolio is a history of sports in the Metroplex.
She began photographing Texas Christian University sporting events as a freshman in 1959 and never stopped. She photographed Tom Vandergriff throwing out the first pitch at the first Texas Rangers game in 1972.
But she never knew how big an impact she made until the very end, said her brother, Roger Kaye.
Ms. Kaye, a freelance photographer who chronicled the Horned Frogs, Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys for a half-century, died at 9:50 p.m. Sunday. She was 65.
Published by Star-Telegram on Oct. 7, 2007.
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I am sorry to hear of her passing. I met her years ago when I worked in a small camera repair shop in Arlington and she would bring equipment in for service..She was such a sweet lady.
Darrell Harris
November 22, 2013
God bless you Linda. You were the consummate professional. My heart goes out to you and your family. Meeting you was an honor. Your photos were the best. You were a wonderful woman and we will see you inducted in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.
Ronnie Joe Shewmake
August 1, 2008
Fort Worth is still a town where "they know when you're sick, and care when you die."
Linda, I enjoyed working with you and knowing you over the years. You'll be missed and not forgotten. God bless you.
Mike Millsap
February 5, 2008
I never met Linda, but she WAS everywhere at TCU's campus. I graduated from there on 1977, so I'm sure I must on some frame of film that she shot. After reading the excellent article in TCU Magazine all sorts of memories came flowing back. I immediately remember Linda Kaye walking around the campus getting ready for a shoot. Linda Kaye, a real Horned Frog.
Elias Mercado
January 28, 2008
Roger, I didn't realize until the TCU magazine that Linda was your sister. I didn't know her personally, but I enjoyed seeing her at all the athletic events I attended. I'm sorry for your loss.
Anne Hunt Barker PHS '64
January 24, 2008
I read the TCU Magazine article last evening. WOW! What an inspiration! Your work, dedication, and love for TCU and humanity will not be forgotten. I have confidence your work will inspire others to capture life, emotion, action, and the little moments for years to come. You've inspired me.
Tyson Trice (TCU '02) & W. Aaron Caraway, M.D.
January 23, 2008
I just learned of Linda Kaye's passing while reading my TCU Magazine received in the mail today. Tho never an athlete, I am an alumni ('76) who kept crossing paths with Linda for many years at numerous events....and somehow she always seemed to remember me! Go figure!! As I kept reading the beautiful tribute, all I could think was, "I hope she and her family had the benefit of hospice." I could not bear to read on and hear she had died in the hospital!! Thank goodness, the piece disclosed that Linda's final days were spent on hospice service. My sympathy and prayers go out to Linda's survivors and family members during this continuing difficult and stressful time. We heal with the passage of time, but we never forget. She was really something!!!
Janet Lawton
January 15, 2008
Dolores Johnson Shaw
November 6, 2007
The "Lady in Purple" was quite a treasure. I'm glad I was able to tell her during her illness that she was a much better photographer than I was an athlete. I loved her because of all she had done for TCU. She truly was the face of TCU for many years.
James Swink
November 5, 2007
Linda, What a wonderful woman, mentor and role model. You are one of the most modest people to walk this Earth! I remember how shy you became when I mentioned how impressed I was that Nolan Ryan requested you to photograph his induction at Cooperstown. I recall seeing you on tv at this event wearing a ball gown, carrying your camera - the ball gown threw me since I was used to your purple TCU attire. You were so quiet about your talents and connections - you were all dedication and work. I will miss you.
Julia Stewart, TCU '90
November 2, 2007
Linda's presence with her camera was always reassuring. You just knew that she would get the right shots at the right angle and with the proper and perfect light and shadow. A photograph is just a picture that captures a memorable moment in our lives. So, Linda's with us still in all of our memories and moments that she captured for us.
Larry Shannon
October 16, 2007
Linda Kaye captured more than pictures she captured memories. It seemed that she was always around the old Arlington Stadium and the Ballpark and that she always would be - long after the rest of us were gone. Rest in peace, Linda.
Our condolences to her family
Nancy and Bob Benson
October 15, 2007
I was just a kid when I went to my first TCU football game with my Dad. Down on the field, I noticed a woman photographer all dressed in purple. Later, we went to a TCU basketball game. There she was again. Then, at a baseball game. Who was this woman dressed in purple and taking pictures from every imaginable and unimaginable angle you could think of? As I grew, I learned who Linda Kaye was...seeing her at just about every sporting event I went to and seeing her pictures in the Star-Telegram. For many years I only knew Linda through her work and seeing her at sporting events. The last 7 years I was fortunate to get to know her on a personal basis at The Ballpark. I still don't know how she could take her pictures, read a book and work a crossword puzzle all at the same time from her third base photographer's well during the game, but she did. We missed her greatly last season and she will be forever missed.
Gara Stark
October 15, 2007
I never knew her personally, but I also always looked for at every sporting event we ever went to in Fort Worth. One of my fond memories of her is at a TCU basketball game. Some movement overhead caught my attention, and when I looked up, high in the top of the gym on one of the catwalks was "you-know-who" catching just the right angle for a photograph surely to be seen in the Star Telegram the next day! My condolences to her family. She will be missed.
Susan Hoskins
October 15, 2007
Linda was a delight to work with and a true Horned Frog who represented TCU with dignity, class, and a lot of laughter. Her pictures will continue to inspire future generations and she will be deeply missed.
Paige Thurmond
October 15, 2007
I met Linda while we were journalism students at TCU. She was strong willed when it came to photography. Whatever my plan for a photo to accompany a Skiff story, she had a different one. And darn -- she was always right. I'll miss our brief chats as we crossed paths at sporting or TCU events. She knew a million people ... and she loved them all.
Dean Angel '62
October 14, 2007
I remember seeing Linda on the sidelines at TCU sports events and area professional games and I was so impressed with a professional female photographer among all the men. That was during the late 60's and early 70's. She was a true professional to the end. God bless her family in their time of loss.
Jeanne Powell
October 13, 2007
Linda had a way of making everybody feel like somebody special. I was a grounds keeper at Arlington Stadium many years ago when linda came to me and asked if she could take my picture
as I was doing my job, that really made me feel very special. she was really a class act, and every one whom she effected like that is a much better person today because of he kindness to all people, this world needs more people like her.

Pastor Charles Williams
Charles Williams
October 13, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Kaye Vann
October 12, 2007
So many memories: Linda taking pictures every time we did inventory at the Camera Shop, pestering her during the Nolan Ryan signing vigil every day until that day she burst into the Camera Shop, looked at me and our arms shot into the air at the same time while we grinned at each other like a couple of kids who just had the best Chrismas ever, her calling me to the rail before a Ranger's game at Arlington Stadium and giving me a ball that Pete O'Brien had just fouled past her head in the photographer's well (only major league ball I ever would up with), reconnecting with her after a decade or more at a TCU game. We'll all miss you, Linda. That picture of Nolan, bloodied and unbowed, is one of the finest in sports history. Losing you and 'Picture Pete'r Feresten in one month's time is more than this city should have to bear. I'm proud to have known you.
Bruce Payne
October 11, 2007
Dear Roger,
I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s death. I send you my deepest sympathy.

For twenty years, Linda did the photography for me at the Fort Worth Schools’ Administration Building. Her pictures made our publications look perfect.

Linda was a wonderful friend to me and my family. She will be missed by many.
Joe Sherrod
October 10, 2007
To FW, a sad loss of a great talent and someone who captured history through her camera. She was one of a kind and she will be missed.

I remember her well since our days at PHS. She fought a brave battle.
E. Jane Lorimer
October 10, 2007
Linda,

Thank you for your faithfulness to your job and those you knew. Your work ethic is one to be admired. I enjoyed our media relations memories. God Bless
Christine Schmidt
October 10, 2007
Linda became part of our company's "family" as she chronicled with photos our annual company Christmas party. We'll miss her at our event this year and will miss her sense of humor and wit. May the Lord comfort her family in this time of loss. Very sincerely, Brooke Akers and the HCC/FDS family
Brooke Akers
October 10, 2007
Linda took a photo of me with Lyndon Johnson in 1972 and then again for TCU Magazine in 2001. When I told her my brother died (2001) she said the loss of a brother was worst loss she could suffer because she loved her brother so much. She was an icon and and a friend for thirty years.
David Becker
October 10, 2007
She was one of a kind. Melba and I will miss her at the games.
Jerre Todd
October 10, 2007
Linda and I were fellow AP freelancers. She had such energy and love for her job. She took the greatest photo in Rangers history: the classic of Nolan Ryan with Robin Ventura in a headlock.
Ken Sins
October 10, 2007
TO THE KAYE FAMILY:Linda was a sweet person. She was one of my vendors at TCU. I have seen her off and on since I was in high school. That was over 33 years ago. She will be taking pictures of angels and heaven. The only thing different about her angel robe in heaven-it will be purple instead of white. May God strengthen, comfort and bless all of you.
Nova Johnson
October 10, 2007
I shed tears for Linda and admire the photos she took for TCU. As an Alumni of TCU and Harris College of Nursing, I had the pleasure of being photographed by Linda. She will be missed at the school events.
Judy Walker
October 10, 2007
Linda:

You made TCU a real place for me four years ago when I arrived. It will not be the same without you roaming the sidelines or hanging out on the field. Baseball mug shot day will be lonely without you there reading or doing crosswords with me waiting for the boys to filter in.

I will miss your visits to my office when you would come in and sit down in the chair and ask how things were going.

I will miss you date book where you planned out your photo assignments. In the world of electronic calendars and such, that book was a permanent fixture in your pocket.

I will miss hearing you say "speak after the beep" on your answering maching.

But most of all, I will miss you and your purple spirit. You were and always will be what I think of when I think about TCU.

God bless and rest in peace.
Brandie Davidson
October 10, 2007
God speed Linda Kaye. Thank You for your life in the trenches with the underappreciated visual media. Your images made heroes out of the common athlete as well as the so-called stars. Your photos touched so many lives and I can only hope that people will remember you not only for the many wonderful moments that you caught with your lense but the joy you had in your work. Thank you for always stopping to say hello even though you were dragging around a hundred pounds of gear and scurrying to that next shot. I only wish that I could have said goodbye, my friend.
We'll miss you in the trenches!
Buve
October 9, 2007
Honey, we were part of your extended family for many years. It was my privlege and honor to be with you and Roger these past weeks. Rest peacefully.
Barbara Weinberg Bill Conly
October 9, 2007
Linda Kaye
We will surely miss you in so many ways. I knew you my whole life and you always encouraged me and had a good story to tell. I'll launch another rocket just for you since you always asked and think of you up there catching up with Mom. I know your pictures will remain forever but I'll always remember you for your great personality and genuineness. Christmas Eve will never be the same but we will always remember your laughter on that day and looking forward to the door bell ringing and Dad saying, "There's Linda Bird". Thanks for everything you brought to this world and we all know it will not be replaced. Love, Tom or Tommy to you!!
Tom Bartzen
October 9, 2007
Linda was a photo mentor for me. Following in her footsteps at Paschal was impossible as she was the best. She never lost her focus unless she wanted it to look that way.
Cass Edwards III
October 9, 2007
My dear Linda,
Thank you for your faithfulness to TCU and for sharing it with me. You were such a kind lady and I have been blessed by you and your family over the last two weeks. I know you are busy catching up with old friends and making new ones. Remember I told you that I was positive there would be a lot of purple up there and a new pair of purple shoes would be waiting. Was I right? I'll see you soon my friend.
Love, Donna
Donna Biasatti
October 9, 2007
She was one of a kind. She will be missed and no one could take her place.
Dave Austin
October 9, 2007
My dear "Linda Bird"
Thanks for the enthusiasm you brought to the hundreds of photos you took of my TCU teams and at our tennis camps as well as the many personal photos. We will always cherish your Christmas eve visits to our home and the little gifts you brought, which I still have. Our family will always remember you with love and affection. Love, Tut
Tut Bartzen
October 9, 2007
Linda has to be the best photographer i ever knew of. She was everywhere!! High School, College, Pro and individual. She was very giving of her time and effort and would send pictures to my dad, brother and myself during our tennis playing days. This is very sad news for our family and we will miss her tremendously. She was the best!
Doug Crawford
October 9, 2007
Linda and I were friends and neighbors and in the same class at Paschal
High, so we've known each of for more years than either of us cared to
count.  My husband and I live in Galveston, so the opportunities to get
together over the years were few and far between. But when we did, it was never dull! We always saw more of Galveston (or anywhere else for that matter) as she scouted pictures than we ever did on our own.  The best photo we have of my husband and I together is an inimitable Linda original.

Despite our distance we kept in constant touch on birthdays, each trying to outdo the other on brevity and complete use of space on a small scrap of paper.  Never anything elaborate but always stuffed with love and friendship.

We wish her Godspeed and peace to Roger and her family.
Anita (Sievers) and David Aldrich
Anita Aldrich
October 9, 2007
Thank you.
God bless and rest in peace
James Lamey
October 9, 2007
From my usual perspective at the Ballpark in Arlington, there will forever be a place for Linda Kaye. As I look across home plate from the first base photo well, the third base photo well is always in the background, Linda there. It wasn't the same with her gone this summer and never will be again. But that picture will always be in my mind. She is there, virtually part of the architecture of The Ballpark in Arlington. I've been around Linda at the ballyard for nearly 25 years and occassionally at other events around town. Never have I encountered a more unassuming, pleasant individual with as much talent and devotion as Linda Kaye. I will miss her quiet smile. I know she shunned attention on herself, but I do hope she knew how respected (and envied!)her work is, how fondly she was thought of and especially how many people have been thinking of her during the past year. My condolences to her family.
Larry Allen
October 9, 2007
Linda Kaye was such a positive presence at TCU, including the Neeley School of Business. She will always be fondly remembered and loved for her spunkiness and kind spirit.
Marcia Hensley
October 9, 2007
Kenny Parsons
October 9, 2007
Crossing the path of Linda, was certainly a gift in this life of mine. I've spent the better part of the last ten years with her on my wing at the ballpark, as she documented history and read her paperbacks. We were cut from the same mold, Linda and I, and her passing leaves me with one great regret. I always thought that the day would come when Kiss Cam would catch us for that shinning moment on the big screen. She would have been a reluctant star, but she would have had a kiss, whhile left blushing like a teenage girl. I will certainly miss you my friend.
Dave Curliss
October 9, 2007
Having known Linda Kaye since 1971, when Coach (Tidwell) was on the freshman TCU football team, we go way back in knowing the Horned Frog Lady. Renewing that friendship these past 8 years as Coach T. helped with the Lady Frogs has been so special to us. What a wonderful life she had taking all those great photos of high school, college, and pro players. We loved her spirit and dedication she had for TCU. Thanks for the memories, Larry and Teresa Tidwell
Teresa Tidwell
October 9, 2007
I’ve known Linda since I was a kid. She was friends with my parents. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more genuine person. She was a real joy to be around. She was just a nice lady.

Many times I’ve been on a road trip with Linda to Austin or Waco for TCU games. The thing about those trips is we’d have to leave 5 or 6 hours before the game because she always had to stop at some out-of-the-way place to shop or get food.

She’d come over each year and take our family photo for Christmas cards. Then on Christmas Eve she’d come over and we’d all go eat dinner at Panchos, it was a family tradition.

One Christmas Eve, when I was nine Linda came over and before we went to eat, she and I played catch with an old Wogs football in the front yards. That ball was rock hard at each end (it was an old school ball my dad had acquired while back). Well later that night at my great aunts house I started feeling pains in my side. I couldn’t stand up and could only walk bent over. A visit to the emergency room revealed a badly bruised spleen, from one of Linda's hard throws. She could really wing the ball around.

She and our family continued our lunch tradition even after my father passed away. My mother collected anything with owls involved and Linda would periodically show up after one of her garage sale shopping sprees with an owl for my mom.

What a great lady. I hope she knew how many people cared about her.
Ricky Moore
October 9, 2007
As I went through TCU, there is hardly a memory that is not captured in some way by a Linda Kaye photograph. I have so many wonderful memories of Linda Kaye. I worked as an athletic trainer at TCU for a number of years, and for a period of time Linda Kaye would come in to get treatment on a back injury she had. She had so many great stories! I cherish the times I had to visit with her. She would bring picutures and bags of peanuts to thank me for my time. She is such an integral part of the TCU family, that I can't imagine going to a TCU event and not seeing her. I know the Angels are rejoicing as the welcome Linda Kaye to heaven... Rest in Pease, Linda Kaye, you will be missed!
Kim Karstetter
October 9, 2007
Linda Kaye, you have always been an inspiration to me. I started as a writer and photographer at the Irving Daily News in 1971 and your reputation was well established by then. You always had time for me when we spoke. I've always hoped I could shoot with the same passion and compassion for the common soul that your work has always exhibited. Though you have passed us mortals by, you will forever be a positive example for aspiring photographers, young and old.
Phil Stephens
October 9, 2007
Linda has been a part of our family as long as I can remember. When Dad (Tut Bartzen) started coaching tennis @ TCU she took every picture that was taken of the team and well as our special family pictures that hang in our home. There was never an event in the metroplex where Linda's presence weren't know. Linda would always stop by on Christmas eve just to say Merry Christmas and bring a little something. She was a very special lady and we will miss her. Rest in peace and God Bless!
Angela Bartzen Allin
October 9, 2007
We are blessed to have known Linda. We always looked forward to seeing her friendly smile and hear her talk about TCU and the Rangers whenever we had the opportunity to visit with her. We, along with countless others, will miss her very much.
Bill & Clara Sheppeard
October 9, 2007
Linda Kaye was a great photographer and a wonderful person. Her life was a simple as that and as adventurous as any woman could find.
My heart goes out to Roger, Linda's very dedicated brother, all family and friends. I knew Linda and Roger as true professionals and great friends. Roger proved very much a team player on a newspaper staff and a dedicated and extremely fair journalist no matter what the beat.
Linda also demonstrated all those attributes as she recorded her own history. Her ability to be in the right place at the right time was also recorded by others.
Journalism, Fort Worth and the world lost a wonderful person with the death of Linda.
But Linda left a world of pictures and a lesson for young people that you can be anything you want to be. It would probably be impossible to say enough in praise of Linda. I see so many of us are inspired to try.
Bob Sonderegger
October 9, 2007
I grew up knowing Linda through my parents. She always showed up at our house unexpectedly but always welcome. She brought us little gifts or pictures and always brought my mom an owl for her collection.

We always looked for her purple shirts at the Rangers and Cowboy games and always talked to her afterwards. She was such a character and I am so happy that my children had the opportunity to meet her at a Ranger game several years ago. We saw her prior to the game and when a foul ball went right to her she motioned for my son to come down and she gave it to him. That just made his night. Linda was always giving and always had some great story to tell.

We were at a Ranger game two weeks ago and were looking for Linda not knowing that she was sick. It just didn't seem right that she wasn't there. She was a great lady, a great photographer and will be greatly missed.
Janet Smith
October 9, 2007
Were it not for Linda the publications of TCU, at least from 1969 through 1995, would have been pretty bleak. The visual image of TCU was pretty much the result of her work and dedication. She was a special person and a special friend. She taught me many things. Among them, loyalty, selflessness, generousity, thoughtfulness, consistency, reliability, taking pride in ones work, and on and on, and, worth repeating, loyalty....I only wish I had done a better job of letting her know how much she was appreciated.
Harrell Moten
October 9, 2007
It won't be the same going to a TCU game and not seeing Linda on the sidelines. We lost a true purple Horned Frog. Farewell and rest in peace, Linda, you'll be missed.
Jarod Daily
October 9, 2007
Linda and I were friends and co-workers for 50 years. We shared the same birthday, but I had to promise to tell no one because she didn't want "a fuss" made over her. I knew no one who made as many people happy as did Linda.Known as an excellent photographer, the photos she produced were even better than clients thought possible. Of probably thousands of pictures she made for me at the old Fort Worth Press newspaper and then over three decades at TCU, I remember not one disappointment--not one! All the while, her attitude implied that she felt privileged to be doing her work, work that she obviously loved. The world needs more Linda Kayes; I'm blessed in having known her.
John Ohendalski
October 9, 2007
Linda Kaye, you and Roger were among the first and finest people I met when I moved to Fort Worth nearly 30 years ago. I'm proud to say we all were colleagues at the Star-Telegram. Thank you for welcoming me into your home on many occasions. God bless.
John Sturbin
October 8, 2007
Linda helped me get the most wonderful puppy -- Bandit -- and the photo she took of us still graces my desk. We shared some really good times, and she and her quirky sense of humor always brought a smile. We will miss her tremendously.

Mary & Joe Dulle
Mary Dulle
October 8, 2007
When I hear the name - Linda Kaye - I just smile. She made me laugh. I'm so thankful that I had the honor of working with such a talented and passionate person. If I needed Linda at a non-game event for the Rangers she was there. Not because it was her "job" but because she loved the Rangers and capturing those special moments. May your family be comforted in this time to know that Linda made a lasting impression on those around her. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Lydia Traina
October 8, 2007
The first time I saw Linda was on the sidelines at a TCU football game in 1966. These last three years I have had the good fortune of taking pictures with her on those same sidelines. I once asked her"Just when did you first start taking pictures at TCU ? ... and she replied in her own way, "A true lady never reveals her age !"

Linda is timeless now and will always be a part of the fabric that made Fort Worth a great place to live. God Bless you, Linda !
Billy Joe Gabriel
October 8, 2007
You were always there..The first photographer that I ever saw who wore a baseball cap backwards..All business...Thanks for the shots.
David Henry
October 8, 2007
I was lucky enough to have met Linda Kaye, 49 years ago when I was 11 playing Little League baseball. Linda would ride her bike up to McLean Junior High or St. Andrews ball diamonds and shag flies in the outfield of the balls we missed. Little did I know how important Linda would be to me in my sporting years. Linda seemed to never forget me after all those years. After my senior year in football and track at Paschal '65, Linda presented me with an envelope chock full of pictures that she had taken of me. I was so thankful and so blessed to have known Linda Kaye.

Roger, thank you for letting me share your time with Linda that last week at the hospice center. Tears came to my eyes when I called the next afternoon, and you put the phone up to Linda's ear so she could hear and she wispered "Hi Doug". God bless Linda and you.
Your all's friend.
Douglas Wiley
October 8, 2007
Thank you, Linda. Ever reliable, you were TCU's official unofficial photographer. A true Horned Frog for the ages. Your legacy lives on!

We'll miss you.
Rick The TCU Magazine
October 8, 2007
Linda, you most definitely will be missed. Many of my childhood memories include you as an integral ingredient. From the many years of Christmas Days spent at your home, enjoying all the food and family to the many pickup football or basketball games. And of course we can't forget the flies and skinners played out in the street, where if you missed the ball you got to chase it downhill. You were the proverbial tour guide where ever we went, taking us on many tours of Ft. Worth to see Christmas lights and many other sights. You got me into the TCU gym on more than one occasion (hope it's OK that I tell) which was quite a treat, given that was about the closest I ever got to athletic stardom. Remembering way back, I took several football trips with you to SMU, A&M, Texas and local high schools, to cover all the football action. And you were there to snap some pictures of me after completing my first marathon, which just happened to be in Ft. Worth. Linda, you were a bit late that day, but since it took me over 5 hours to complete, I will let that one slide. I also remember all the pool and ping pong games and the many, many other happy memories. You will never be forgotten. Your cousin, Howie....
Howard Byers
October 8, 2007
I never knew Linda that well, but she was a huge deal in my life. She took pictures of me being born! I feel so honored...may she rest in peace.
Enid Vielhaber
October 8, 2007
I WENT TO MCLEAN JR. HIGH AND PASCHAL HIGH WITH LINDA KAYE. SHE ALWAYS HAD A CAMERA IN HER HANDS. HOWEVER, I REMEMBER LINDA KAYE'S LOVE OF ANTIQUES AND FINE ARTS. SHE AND HER MOTHER CAME TO EVERY ESTATE I HELD IN FT. WORTH AND EVEN IN DALLAS. SHE WILL BE MISSED AND REMEMBERED FOR HER WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE LEGACY SHE IS LEAVING OF HER WORK.

CYNTHIA ILIFF, USPAP APPRAISER
CYNTHIA ILIFF
October 8, 2007
Roger, As a young teacher at Eastern Hills High, I was assigned to do the year book. Who saved me? You are right, Linda. She took my wild ideas and made them works of art. I can hear her now saying, You want to make a picture of the cheer leaders doing what? But she could always match my idea with pictures that took our breathe away. I bet she is in heaven right now trying to do a make over of the Last Super. She will rearrange the whole affair. I was blessed to have worked with her.
kathleen kirk
October 8, 2007
In the Late 70's a bunch of Star-Telegram photographers, working late, decided we should go photograph the Pleiades meteor shower. It must have been after a game, as Linda was in the darkroom, and was part of the group. We needed to find someplace really dark, away from the city lights. We drove halfway to Denton, which I am sure is no longer "out in the country" in Linda's brown Buick Electra. Not long after setting up our tripods, a car came screaming out of the darkness up toward the stock tank where we had set up. It was a police or deputy's car. We weren't sure what was going to happen. The officer rolled down his window and yelled out...Linda Kaye, is that you? Turns out he was a former TCU football player.
David Breslauer
October 8, 2007
Always remember seeing you since I was a little kid at the Rangers games and TCU games (being a TCU Grad.) Made a point to look around the field/ballpark to find you. You will always be remembered...

May you rest in peace.
Jon Conwell
October 8, 2007
Linda you will be missed by all in
the TCU family.Past Frogs,Present
Frogs, filled your lens with
remarkable photos that will be
relished forever. The archives at
TCU will be a testimony to Al Panzera's favorite pupil. I was
glad that I had a chance to visit
and share a prayer with you. God
Bless and rest in peace. You are
now pain free. I know one of your last comments to me was Go Frogs!
Frank Windegger
October 8, 2007
Roger,
May God and his children comfort you during this time. Linda will be missed around the town, especially around TCU. I will miss her spunky mood and talks that we had before the TCU sporting events. She was a treasure and her work will live forever. I am so proud of her work and someday we will see her again. Linda is TCU, she bleeds purple and white. About her shoes: Last year at the start of the TCU basketball season she came to me to show me her new purple shoes. I said, "Well they look good, did you paint them purple?" She said,"Yes I sure did. I went to buy some purple dye and colored them." I just starting laughing and she gave me that smirk and then laughed. Linda, well done.
Love ya
...GO FROGS!!
Jeffrey Tucker
October 8, 2007
Thanks to Linda for all her contributions to TCU athletics and Fort Worth. We will mis seeing her on all the sidelines she frequented.
Larry McBryde
October 8, 2007
You might not have been able to count on a Horned Frog win, but you could count on Linda being at every game...camera in hand and proudly wearing those purple shoes. She was a Fort Worth institution and will be missed by all.
Sarah Dreier
October 8, 2007
I didn’t know Linda well, but one my favorite memories included her.

A couple of years ago, before Christmas, my mother-in-law asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I gave her the same answer I gave her every Christmas: “I want a can of tennis balls.” She told me she was tired of doing that every year, and was going to do something different this year. I told that whatever she gave me would be OK.

My mother-in-law knew how much I admired Tut Bartzen, an accomplished Davis Cup tennis player and long-time tennis couch for TCU. So, she decided to give me an autographed picture of Tut. But not just any photographer was going to take his picture. It had to be Linda Kaye.

Imagine my surprise what I opened her present on Christmas: An autographed picture of one my idols, taken by the best sports photographer in Texas.

It’s a gift I cherish to this day.

Jim Boyd
Jim Boyd
October 8, 2007
I first met Linda when I entered TCU in 1963. She was an amazingly talented photographer; but more than that, she was a wonderful person. I will miss her.

With sincere sympathy,
Ann Tillery Edmonds
Ann Edmonds
October 8, 2007
I send my condolences to Linda's family at this time of great lost.However, the photos taken by Linda will live forever in our hearts.
When I joined the Texas Rangers Baseball Club in 1993, I had the distinct pleasure to meet and work the woman I had seen on the sidelines at TCU, Cowboys Stadium, and in the camera well next to the Visitor's Dugout at Arlington Stadium. Linda was a master at her craft. She had the uncanny ability to be always positioned for the perfect shot. i,e, Ryan/Ventura and Ryan's Bloody Lip. I pray that I will have lived a life that when God calls me home, Linda will be once again positioned for the perfect shot as God's photographer.
Norman B. Lyons Jr.
October 8, 2007
I met Linda Kaye 34 years ago when I started working in the news service at TCU, and we became fast friends. She accompanied my husband and me to the hospital when we had both of our children (we were glad it wasn't on a night the Cowboys played!) and she took amazing photos. I had hoped to get to FW to see her. She was such a good friend and a GREAT photographer. We'll miss her.
T.Cay Rowe
October 8, 2007
Even during the last few months of Linda's illness, she continued to take pictures of the executive education program participants at TCU. Her last photo was made for the Tandy Center for Executive Leadership on September 19, with brother Roger helping her with equipment. We wheeled her through Tandy Hall in an office chair. Even though movement was difficult, Linda was still bossy and always the perfectionist! She will be missed at TCU.
Deb Baker
October 8, 2007
For forty years, from the beginning of my freshman year at TCU in 1967 through today, Linda Kaye has been a uniquely exemplary icon of a wonderful university but also a perennial, gentle, professional reminder of the joy that comes from doing what one loves.

In recent years, I was proud to recommend one of her photos of Robert Carr Chapel in the snow for a client's holiday card. Since the university owned the image, Linda wasn't paid. But it was gratifying to write her name for the credit line, because, like me, so many knew and loved her.

Linda seemed to have as much energy for her work as she did for friendly greetings for friends. Countless people have been fortunate to know her dedicated, tireless, disciplined approach to her craft. But just as much, her humor, charm and smile.

What a remarkable person has lived and worked so quietly, beautifully among us.

Memories sweet, indeed.
Jim Stuart
October 8, 2007
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Linda's work is a testimony to her passion. No matter which way you looked, Linda seemed to be there capturing that perfect shot. The shots she took for me were priceless and will always be treasured.
Jeanette Bradley
October 8, 2007
Roger
I just learned today of Linda's passing. From 1998 to 2004 I served as President and COO of Southwest Sports and also as President of the Rangers from 2002 to 2004. During that time i saw and visted with Linda just about every day she was at the ballpark. She was a wonderful woman who many times at my request, took pictures of fans who had come down to visit the field and, several times took pictures of family and friends for me. I always looked forward to getting an envelope in the mail with her latest pictures. She was a joy to have around the ballpark. She will be missed but long remembered. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Mike Cramer
October 8, 2007
I was always in awe of Miss Kaye taking her many pictures of the different TCU events here in Fort Worth. It just wasn't an event if she wasn't there taking pictures! We will miss her greatly. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
The Bryan Family
October 8, 2007
Roger,
Words can't express the saddness we all feel. But we know that even though Linda is gone from this earth, she will live on through her pictures that we look at every day. She will be missed so much. Linda was a unique lady. May her days be filled with joy and happiness now instead of pain.
Gisele Kates
October 8, 2007
As I watched you with that Biddison gang, I knew you were special, but over the years since that Thanksgiving Day I came to realize just how Special. Thanks for the memories.
Marena Carr
October 8, 2007
No matter what the event, finding Linda was like a "Where's Waldo" game. You knew she was there, but sometimes it took a while to find the only person wearing purple head to toe no matter who was playing. Linda, I enjoyed chatting on the field and thank you for your spirit. You demonstrated true passion and if only we all could love our daily lives as much as you did. God bless and thank you for so many memories!
Josh Gardner
October 8, 2007
I had the opportunity of working with Linda Kaye while I was attending TCU and working in the athletic department. Anytime I saw her she was so up beat and ready with her camera for the next event. She will be dearily missed.
Caroline James
October 8, 2007
Some people change the atmosphere & feel of a room just by being there. Linda changed the feel of an entire stadium. I will miss her sweet raspy voice telling me who was who. I will miss the big hugs, the big lipstick, the purple shirts & shoes. Not once was she ever unkind or lacked enthusiasm even in the midst of this illness that took her from us. It's not going to be the same at TCU or Rangers ever again. That thought keeps repeating itself over and over again in my head. Did I hug her often enough.. Did any of us ever make sure she knew how we felt about her being the grand lady of photography in Fort Worth ? I'm sure some of us did, and I'm sure every one of us would like just one more hug.. Just one more chance to hear her voice telling people to line up, tall in the middle and smile for the picture.. It's just never going to ever be the same without her-
Rest well sweet Linda..
mwzuke
October 8, 2007
Linda was an extremely talented person, and someone who will be sorely missed. She was always so energetic and upbeat. We will miss you Linda! My deepest sympathies to you Roger.
Bill Sievers
October 8, 2007
Attending an event in the metroplex, you never felt that the event was complete until you saw Ms. Linda at her camera. In some way, her being there gave the event a sense of completion. Her cancer and pain are gone now and she's ready to start her photography at the grandest event of all. May God bless her!
Gary McNew
October 8, 2007
I was luck enough to have known Linda fomany years. I always had a real joy when we spoke to each other. I left the Rangers in 1988 and left the American League in 1991, but when I came with the Washington Nationals to play in Arlington 2 years ago to play, It was good to have a chance to talk to her. I thoughts and prayers are with Linda and her family.
Mike Wallace
October 8, 2007
Thanks for all the special things that you did. At TCU graduation, I remember you asking if I wanted a special picture of my daughter as she walked across the stage. We treasure the picture and will always treasure the memories you gave us. God bless. I will miss you.
Jeff Harp
October 8, 2007
We've been blessed to see Linda on the sidelines, in the neighborhood, and around town. TCU, Fort Worth, and Westcliff neighborhood will miss her terribly. Each of us could only hope to leave a legacy to all as Linda Kaye did.
Love Keith and Becky Crow Clem, TCU 75 and 77
Keith and Becky Clem
October 8, 2007
I met Linda in the 3rd grade at Bluebonnet Elementary. I followed her career, always looking for her on the sidelines of sporting events. She took some memorable pictures of our son when he played for Baylor University. She will be missed. She is in a better place now. Our prayers are with you.
Nancy Powell Kinne
October 8, 2007
It will never be the same without Linda snapping unforgetable photos at Amon Carter, The Ballpark and Texas Stadium.
The mold was literally broken after God made Linda Kaye.
Bobby Rayel
Tequisquiapan, Queretaro Mexico
Bob Rayel
October 8, 2007
I knew Linda when I was in high school at Paschal and she was doing some sports photography for our yearbook. At the end of the year, following graduation, Linda presented me with an envelope of photos taken over the past months, including the only photos I have of myself at graduation. She was funny, generous and kind. And of course, a wonderful photographer.
Sharon Feather
October 8, 2007
One of the greatest icons of Fort Worth and TCU, you will always be remembered for your keen eye and great perception of what really is important. May God bless you and your loved ones. You will be greatly missed.
Murielle Sendral Wright
October 8, 2007
I just went to a Rangers game a couple of weeks ago, and I was telling our guests about Linda. She was an inspiration to me. I saw her on the field, taking picture after picture, and I went out and bought my own camera. Thanks to her, I have some incredible pictures of Nolan Ryan and George Brett on their last day in the majors that are priceless to me.

I'm so sorry to hear of her death, and my deepest sympathy goes to her family.
Linda Tomberlin
October 8, 2007
It is comforting to know that when (if) I'm lucky enough to arrive at the Pearly Gates someday, that Linda will be there to snap the photo as I walk through.
She was Fort Worth's photographer for half a century. Now, she is Heaven's Photographer for eternity.
You may be gone, Linda, but I'll always see you in my heart, right there on the sidelines.
Jim Reeves
October 8, 2007
Linda Kaye! I hope you and Chip have a great laugh about "the picture"! Can't believe that was 28 years ago...thanks for the wonderful side-line memory "ruffin' me up " before the game. I love you.
Libby Altwegg
KXAS Lighting Director
Libby Altwegg
October 8, 2007
An old newsman friend of man once said photographers are fine until you ask them to go take a picture. With Linda, she jumped at the chance -- routine or historical.
John Tackett
October 8, 2007
Thanks, Linda, for your dedicated work, professionalism, kindness and the thousands of sports memories. It was a pleasure knowing you the past 35 years and you always will be one of the many memories of my Horned Frog experience. God bless you and your family.
Tom Burke
October 8, 2007
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