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Linda Boise

May 8, 1948 - July 2, 2018

Linda died unexpectedly while on a road and camping trip with her husband, Steven, to Colorado to visit their son. Linda grew up in New Jersey, attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and received a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. After moving to Oregon and having two children, she received her PhD at Portland State University in Urban Studies, with a focus on health policy research.


Before retiring in July 2016, Linda was the education core leader at the Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center at OHSU for 21 years. In 2006, recognizing that the Layton Center’s education programs were not reaching persons of color, she connected with members of the African American community to begin designing culturally specific programs to reach this population. Linda’s commitment to social justice continued in her retirement as she served as Chairperson of the Board for Green Empowerment (


She is survived by her spouse who adored her for 48 years, her son Sylvan Goldberg of Colorado Springs, Colo., her daughter Emily Goldberg and son-in-law Kevin Dilg, and by the 2-year-old granddaughter she adored, Ellis Dilg. A funeral service will be held at Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave., at 11:00 am on Sunday July 8. Tax deductible donations in her name may be made to Green Empowerment.


A link to a remembrance of Linda from Green Empowerment’s Executive Director:


A link to an article on Linda’s career and retirement from OHSU:

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Havurah Shalom Synagogue


825 NW 18th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209

Cemetery Information

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2018

Time: 12:30 pm

Havurah Shalom section of Jones Pioneer Cemetery


SW Hewitt Blvd. & SW Humphrey Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97221

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