Linda Magavern

Linda R. Magavern

1954 - 2018

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Obituary of Linda R. Magavern


On August 29, 2018, Linda R. Magavern, beloved wife of William
J. Magavern II, passed away at her summer home in Eden, NY following
an extended battle against pancreatic cancer. She is survived by a daughter,
Megan M. Robertson, and a son, W. Laird Robertson III (Elena), both
of Buffalo. They are joined by three stepdaughters: Mary Magavern of
Norwich, VT, Dr. Lydia Shrestha of Oakland, CA, and Polly Wolfe (Daniel)
of Denver, CO, as well as seven grandchildren. She is also survived by
a brother, Marc D. Robertson (Anne), of Mt. Horeb, WI.
Born in Champaign, IL, Linda moved to Buffalo as a child with her father
Donald C. Robertson who became the chairman of the Department of Art
at the University of Buffalo, and her mother Marjorie L. Robertson, a fashion
illustrator. Linda was a graduate of Buffalo Seminary and University at
Buffalo. She served as a trustee of Buffalo Seminary. In 2016, with her
husband, she funded construction of the Magavern-Sutton Courtyard at
Sem designed by her sister-in-law, landscape architect Mary Magavern
Worrell. Linda also served as a Director of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash
Club, and was an active volunteer at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center,
where she helped design themes for the Center’s annual galas. She was
a member of the Garret Club, the Clarksburg Club and a past member of
Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club. She met her first husband, W. Laird Robertson
Jr., at the University of Wyoming. Mr. Robertson passed away in 2005. She
married attorney William J. Magavern II in 2006. Linda was an accomplished
watercolorist, gardener, tennis player, skier, and sailor. She worked with
contractor Tim Hess as an artist on projects at the National Museum of the
American Indian, the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, and the John
F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Memorials may be made to
Hospice Buffalo. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September
15, at 11:30 AM, at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 724 Delaware
Avenue in Buffalo.


Memorial Service

11:30 am
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York, United States