Marjorie 'Margie' VandeLinde: 1942 - 2017

We are saddened to announce the death of Marjorie P “Margie” VandeLinde, wife of Professor David Vandelinde, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath (1992-2001), on 22 May 2017.

Margie died at the VandeLinde's summer home in Hedgesville, West Virginia, USA, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  She was 74.

Margie VandeLinde: 1942 - 2017

Margie Park was born in Philadelphia and raised in nearby Springfield, PA where she graduated from Springfield High School in 1960.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1964 from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, she married V. David VandeLinde in August of the same year.

Professor VandeLinde later became the founding Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University where he served for 25 years until 1992 when he and Margie moved to Bath; David to become Vice-Chancellor.

Upon moving to Bath, besides supporting David in his formal role, Margie was active in the University’s arts programs where the students would comment: "Watch out! Here comes the American lady in the bright red Ford Sierra with a left hand drive." Margie had brought over a sporty motor befitting of her nature!

She also became involved at the American Museum as an advisor and docent (an American term for voluntary museum guide) and active in an art and craft group in Bathampton.

After Bath, David was appointed Vice-Chancellor at Warwick in 2001, where Margie sadly became seriously affected by COPD and by the time they returned to the USA in 2007 she needed round the clock oxygen support.

Nevertheless she and David were able to enjoy retirement in their summer home in West Virginia and their winter home in South Carolina.

In addition to David, her husband of 52 years, Margie is survived by two sons, Scott and Eric (who went to school at King Edwards in Bath) and their families.

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