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Obituary for Linda J. Rasmussen

October 7, 1946 - May 13, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 70


Linda Joyce Rasmussen passed away on May 13, 2017 at the age of 70. She was born on October 7, 1946 in Urbana, Illinois to Johannes Led and Helen Marie Tutt Rasmussen while he was attending the University of Illinois for a Bachelor's degree in Music. He then auditioned for and was selected for assignment to the United States Marine Corps Band (President's Own) in Washington, D.C. and Linda attended school in Hyattsville, Maryland. She graduated from Northwestern High School, Hyattsville, in 1964. Following high school, she was employed by NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.

She was married to Midshipman, Kenneth Wood in 1966 at the U.S. Naval Academy They divorced in 1971 in Houston, Texas and she moved to San Antonio, Texas to take a secretarial position in the Social Actions Office, Headquarters Air Training Command at Randolph AFB, Texas.

Through a mutual friend, she met then Captain Thomas Carter, U.S. Air Force, who was assigned to the same building where she worked. After a long romance, she accepted his marriage proposal. They were married May 1st, 1973 and honeymooned in the Bahamas. Linda had a strong thirst for knowledge and soon launched her quest for high education through the Randolph AFB Education Center.

Accompanying Tom on his assignments to Mather AFB, CA, and Hahn AB, Germany, she completed courses in a total of 13 colleges and universities, concluding her studies through the University of Maryland Europe Program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1979. After returning to San Antonio with Tom, she continued her educational pursuit in 2011, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012 in preparation for entering a Doctoral degree program. She entered Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX in 2013, completing a Master's degree in Women's Studies and graduating with honors in December 2014. Her medical condition prevented her from achieving her ultimate goal.

Linda became interested in selling real estate while taking courses in Germany and got her real estate license in Texas in 1984. She was very successful, became a Real Estate Broker, opened her own real estate sales office, specializing in relocation services, and also became active within the real estate community and the San Antonio Board of Realtors. She served on the Board for five years, becoming a key player in the enhancement of Multiple Listing Service. During her 40-year real estate career, she was recognized with several awards including Salesperson of the Year, Top Listing Agent of the Year, Relocation Director of the Year and the SABOR distinguished Services Award.

Throughout Linda's life, she has placed others before herself, fighting for those less fortunate, encouraging women to gain high education, and championing issues affecting women. She was very active in the women's movement of the 70's and 80', including rallying and marching for passage of the Equal rights Amendment, being a charter member of the San Antonio chapter of the National Organization for Women, and leading activities in state and local chapters at locations where Tom was assigned in the Air force. She continues her activism through life membership in organization advocating for the advancement of women.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, David lee Rasmussen, who died in infancy. Her father was interred with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery where he joined her brother. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Carter, Lt. Col. (Ret), USAF, and her family including sisters, Beverly Rasmussen, Cheryl Rasmussen Ciecka and husband, Ronald; Barbara Rasmussen, and brothers, Kenneth (Butch) Rasmussen and wife, Vickie; and Michael Rasmussen and wife, Siobhan Casey; plus, more than forty nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 30th from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Porter Loring on McCullough.

On Wednesday, May 31 at 10:30 AM, a Memorial Service will be held at Blue Skies of Texas West High Flight Chapel, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd.

Interment in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Columbarium to follow.

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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