Linda Ava Pollack Mercer was born April 1947 in Jersey City, NJ. She received her BS in biology at New York University and started Rutgers Medical School at the very young age of 20 years old, obtaining her MMS. Linda graduated MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, completed internship at LAC+USC Medical Center in California, and residency at Columbia Presbyterian Babies Hospital. She later moved to Chicago to work at Children’s Memorial Hospital as the director of the inpatient child psychiatric unit, and then owned her own practice, A Therapeutic Alliance, in Skokie. Linda retired to Crystal Lake, IL to spend time with her family. She was active in college with volunteer work for the War on Poverty, and continued her passion and activism for civil, women’s and LGBT rights throughout her life. Linda was especially involved with animal rescue, in which her home became a safe haven for many unwanted cats and dogs over the years, in which she would find good homes. She loved all her animals.Her daughter, Jennifer, and son, Johnathan, requested that family & friends in lieu of flowers send contributions in their mother’s memory to SitStayRead.
Contributors: Jennifer Mercer, Janna Eggers, Andrea Kinser, Lisa Kotesky, Elana Mendelson.