Linda Wassenich ’65 A Life of Public Service

LindaWassenichLinda Wassenich, a 1965 honors graduate of TCU, has focused her career and civic life on public policy and healthcare. In 2013, she was named the TCU John V. Roach Honors College Alumna of the Year.

Ms. Wassenich is a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF).

Since joining LWV in 1970, Ms. Wassenich has served in a variety of board positions, including as president and vice president of LWV-Dallas and in a number of positions for LWV-TX.
Ms. Wassenich earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and history from TCU and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

She taught at the adult high school at Bitburg Air Force Base in Germany, worked as a counselor for the Dallas County Juvenile Department and spent most of her professional career at the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas and Visiting Nurse Association Foundation, where she was executive vice president.  While at the VNA, she also served as a faculty field instructor for the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work.

Ms. Wassenich was honored with the Lifetime Achievement in Social Work and Social Worker of the Year awards from the National Association of Social Workers, Dallas Unit. The UTA School of Social Work named her Field Instructor of the Year. The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Dallas, recognized Ms. Wassenich as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive. She received the American Association of University Women Laurel Award and the Women of Spirit award from the American Jewish Congress, Southwest Division.

Ms. Wassenich has been featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who Among Human Service Professionals and Who’s Who Among Students.  She is the author of several published articles on school social work, health care, and fundraising and has made numerous presentations on these subjects.

As a board member of the Community Council of Greater Dallas, Ms. Wassenich was an officer and chaired the Advisory Council of the Dallas Area Agency on Aging and the Development Committee. She was president of the Women’s Council of Dallas County and a participant in Leadership Dallas.

Ms. Wassenich and her husband, Mark, also a TCU graduate, shared the Valuable Alumni Award from TCU in 2003. They endowed the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community to recognize faculty and staff who make a difference in the lives of students.

Also at TCU, Ms. Wassenich has served on the Dallas Alumni Board and the Board of Visitors for the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Mr. and Ms. Wassenich have two adult sons and live in Dallas.

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