Linda Kassebaum Johnson
1958 - 2020
Linda Kassebaum Johnson
December 14, 1958 - December 6, 2020
Buena Vista, Colorado - Linda Josephine Kassebaum Johnson, daughter of John Philip Kassebaum and former Kansas Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum, died early on December 6, 2020 from the effects of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy at her home in Buena Vista, Colorado. She was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1958 and grew up in Maize. She was a graduate of Kansas State University (B.S., D.V.M., M.Sc.), and the Johns Hopkins University (postdoc and M.P.H.).
She was always a mother first, but that was closely followed by her life-long passion for veterinary science. After earning her D.V.M., Linda joined the Peace Corps as a veterinarian, and was placed in Togo, West Africa where she met her former husband, Maurice Johnson. Her career spanned the globe, with positions at the Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado; James Cook University in Queensland, Australia; Tri-Institution's Laboratory of Comparative Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering; the Yale University College of Medicine; the Veterinary Laboratories Agency of the UK government in Weybridge, England; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.; and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y. She was a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, and the CL Davis/SW Thompson DVM Foundation. Linda also co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, served on the editorial board for several journals, and received the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Recognition.
Linda loved spending time with her family, having a host of animals nearby (she was a volunteer at the Denver zoo), rooting for Arsenal F.C., bird watching, traveling, and seeking adventure–like tracking tree kangaroos in the Daintree. She is survived by her three children, Elsa, Margot, and Kristian, her mother, two brothers, John and Bill, and their families, as well as many dear relatives and friends. We will miss her.
Condolences can be sent to [email protected] or PO Box 5251, Buena Vista, CO 81211. In lieu of flowers, a memorial for Linda has been established at the Kansas State University Foundation to support veterinary students. Contributions may be sent to: KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Ste 200, Manhattan, KS 66502, please indicate fund M47334. To make a gift online, go to

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Published by Kansas City Star on Dec. 13, 2020.
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Linda was a sweet and kind person. I knew her when she was in Vet school at KAY. She always treated me as an equal.
The world was a better place for her being in it.
Rest in peace Linda.
Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson
January 17, 2021
Linda was a very sweet little girl as I remember her when I babysat the family. She had no problem keeping up with her three brothers in that beautiful estate the family owned on the Cowskin Creek. Her love of animals must have started early on as I remember the pet badger they had. May her Memory be Eternal and may the Lord surround this family with His Grace and Peace.
Nancy Kelley Claassen
December 29, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of Linda's passing and extend my heartfelt condolences to her family. I have fond memories of Linda, John, Dick and Bill from our days in the Maize 4-H Club many, many years ago. As I would have anticipated, Linda focus her energy toward making a difference in the world. I'm grateful to have known her. Ruth
Ruth E Wetta
December 16, 2020
Linda was my classmate in vet school. She was quiet, and private, but always kind and amazingly fearless. Even though she was but a wisp of a girl, she would take on the toughest cases. She was my hero.
Tamra Walthall
December 13, 2020
Linda was a wonderful friend and a beautiful soul! She will be greatly missed❤ She was one of the first people I met when I was a new student at Maize High School. We were in sports together. She often wore a shirt the said’ Michigan ‘ for BB practice and I took to calling her that. She gave me the nickname’Mickey’ because I often wore a Mickey Mouse shirt. Even in later years she called me by that nickname. She had many accomplishments, but one of her greatest ones was being a friend. I will miss her.
Cathy (Barker) Kingery
December 12, 2020
Linda Kassebaum was my classmate in the Maize School Systems, a good friend, and a bright shining light for all those around her. A cheerleader in many ways, Linda brought people together with her laughter, her smile, and her perpetually positive attitude. I will treasure the years we had together at the small high school that Maize once was, and I can hear her gentle voice down the hallways. May God be with her children, with John and Bill, and especially with Nancy. Linda lives in our hearts.
Ken Jenkins
December 12, 2020