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Linder, M.D., Steven L.

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May 8, 1945 - June 10, 2015

Linder, M.D., Steven L.

Steven L. Linder, MD

Steven L. Linder, M.D., devoted husband, father & friend to many, passed into the Lord’s care after a valiant battle with cancer on June 10th 2015. Born on May 8, 1945 in Elgin, Illinois, Steve was the son of the late Virgil and Katherine Kinney Linder.  Steve is survived by  his wife & best friend of 40 years, Cathy Linder, his daughter, Heather Linder Blackmar, of Houston, son-in-law, Bruce Blackmar, three grandchildren; Steven Blake Blackmar, Brooke Patricia Blackmar and Brynne Catherine Blackmar, brothers; Richard Linder, of Palm Desert California, and David Linder, of Saint Charles, Illinois, and his wife, Jeaninne, and nephews;­­­ Greg Linder, Dan Linder, and his wife, Amy, and grandniece, Ellie, and his godsons; Parker Folse, of New Mexico, and Kinner Lastimosa, of Chicago.

Steve graduated from the University of Denver in 1967 and  the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 1971.  Dr. Linder served his country as an Army Pediatrician  and Instructor in Pediatrics for the Family Practice Resident Program at Womack Army Hospital in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.  He attained the rank of Major.  He went on to complete a Pediatric Internship at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas Texas and a Residency in Child Neurology at the University of Texas Healthy & Science Center at Dallas.  His Fellowship was performed at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas Texas.  Dr. Linder was a member of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry with Special Competence in Child Neurology.  He specialized in pediatric headaches.   Dr. Linder served as a Board Examiner for the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry for more than a decade. His Hospital Affiliations included Children’s Medical Center, Medical City of Dallas, Medical City Children’s Hospital and Green Oaks Behavioral Hospital.

Dr. Linder founded Dallas Pediatric Neurology in 1978.   Several years later, he added partner, Dr. Roy D Elterman , who became a very dear friend, as well as colleague. The practice flourished to include multiple physicians throughout the years and improved the lives of numerous patients.  Dr. Linder had an abiding love of children and was well known for using a mouse puppet to connect with many of them.  Dr. Linder had a notorious sweet tooth and long term patients were known to bring M-N-M chocolate candies to feed “the mouse”.  He also produced a series of videos and pamphlets to help educate patients on pediatric headaches. Dr. Linder officially retired from the practice in May 2015.

Dr. Linder’s was a recognized expert and frequent speaker on pediatric headaches and pediatric neurology in the U.S. and internationally. His professional accomplishments include more than 13 publications and in 2009, he was named to the Castle Connolly Top Doctors in Texas.  He appeared on the list again in 2012 and 2013.  Dr. Linder received the Patients’ Choice Award in years 2010 through 2013.  Dr. Linder was recognized as one of the 10 Best Doctors in Texas in 2014.

Dr. Linder’s Professional affiliations included: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, Texas Medical Association/Dallas County Medical Society, American Headache Society and International Headache Society.  He was a Clinical Professor in the Pain Clinic at Children’s from 2012- until May 2015. He also served as the Director of Neurology-Teaching in the Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Timerlawn Psychiatric Hospital.

Dr. Linder and his wife, Cathy, were long time members of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas where he regularly attended Men’s Prayer Breakfasts and Bible Studies.  Dr. Linder was kind, compassionate and committed to helping/serving others. He was known for his gentle and humble spirit and enjoyment of dessert!  He and his wife enjoyed frequent travel. Dr. Linder felt that his most memorable trip was to Israel. His final trip was a cruise to Tahiti.  After their trips, Dr. Linder and Cathy couldn’t wait to return home to their devoted Australian Border Collie, Nellie.

Services will be held on Monday, June 15th at Park Cities Baptist Church. A viewing will be at 10 a.m., services begin at 11 a.m. and lunch will be held at 12 p.m. A committal service with military honors will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16th 2015. Donations may be made to Hope for the Heart 1.800.488.HOPE (4673). 


Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252

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Stephanie Norton

January 12, 2016 10:23PM

I just learned of Dr Linder's passing tonight and was saddened to hear this. I just wanted to share with you what an answer to prayer he was to my family. After months & months of pain from migraines with my son, the Lord led us to Dr Linder who was able to free my 10 year old so from the suffering. He then treated my so for years until the migraines finally left. So many times I think back on these dark days & thank God for answering our prayers for help through your loved one. Dr Linder was no doubt blessed by God and used as a vessel of His healing. Thank you for the many days & hours that you didn't have him so that he could bring relief & healing to many children including my son James. He is in college now living a life free from the chains of migraines. Thank you and God bless you. Your beloved will be missed by many.

Balinda Hickman

December 14, 2015 2:07PM

Dear Dr Linder
Very early in your Pediatric Neurology practice you invited our son Joshua to trust you to care for him. He had uncontrollable seizures. You gifted us with your encouraging kindness and expertise and we felt that you truly cared. You always asked for our input as parents and encouraged us to trust our judgment. You were always accessible. Later you cared for our grandson Chance. Truly you were a blessing to our family. You often shared your family happenings with us,too. And I felt that I knew them. You also hired my husband to help with your home remodeling. You remain our favorite Dr and a family friend. You are grately missed and and loved by all who knew you. Condolences to your family. They are in our prayers. The Hickmans

Margaret Robertson and Brenna and Bret Wallach

October 16, 2015 4:04PM

If you ever have had a child who had Dr. Linder as their personal ray of hope, you know that the difference between how he related to children in pain and any other doctor I have ever met was like the difference between night and day. He was brilliant and so caring , and always willing to go out on a limb to try and find a way to help. He gave so much, so continually , to all his patients and their families. Our family can only thank his, from the deepest part of our hearts, for lending him to us for all the times someone needed him and that meant he wasn't at home. He is irreplaceable in our hearts and my daughter's heart. He gave his patients so much hope and strength to go on with their lives when they thought things were hopeless, I can't thank all of you, his family, enough. We miss him so much , I can't even imagine how much you must.
He was such a gift to all of us.

Eliot Paul

September 15, 2015 10:38PM

I couldn't bring myself to even begin to search for a new neurologist after I heard of Dr. Linder's passing. He was and will always be the 'best of the best'. I have taken the knowledge that he passed during our brief, tri-monthly visits to help better my chronic migraines. Doctor Linder gave me my life back and I am forever grateful for his service.

Deepest Condolences,
Eliot Paul: patient

Heather McNair

August 31, 2015 10:11AM

Just today I learned of our beloved Dr. Linder's passing. Dr. Linder has been a part of my family for the better part of 32 years now...first taking care of my brother until his passing, and then a few years later becoming an integral part of the medical team taking care of my son & daughter. During that time we not only appreciated his medical expertise, but felt blessed by his compassion and incredible concern for our children. There was never a time when we felt like we were "just a patient", but that he sincerely cared for all of us as if we were family. To his family...thank you. Thank you for sharing this incredible person with all of us. He profoundly made a difference in this world, and we are eternally grateful.

The McNairs & The Hickmans

Lori Mehnert

August 11, 2015 4:55PM

The earth has lost one of the kindest, compassionate spirits it will ever see. My son was a patient of Dr. Linder's for over 20 years. I can honestly say that our family would not have survived my son's growing up with out his understanding, care, and guidance. He was concerned about each of us and how we were all affected by my son's numerous medical needs. During a particularly trying time, he called us on Easter Sunday just to check on how it was going. Who does that? No one but him. We have lost a precious part of our family but I know there is a very special place in heaven for Dr. Linder and Magic Mouse. To Dr. Linder's family...thank you for sharing him with us. We send you love.

Michele Ho

August 07, 2015 1:13PM

When we last saw Dr. Linder in March, we knew he was ailing. He told us all about his travel plans with his wife and how he wanted to make sure he enjoyed it all while he still could. My daughter was planning on a graduation trip to France, but was very nervous because of her neurological condition. I'll never forget what Dr. Linder said to her. He gently took her face in his hands, got up really close to her, and in the quietest voice he said, "I think you should go to France. Life is too short and you never know what tomorrow holds. I think you should go on this trip!" My deepest condolences to his family and friends for such an enormous loss. I pray all the wonderful memories you each have of him will continue to warm your soul. May he rest in peace.

Gayle Warmbrodt

July 13, 2015 10:47AM

Our family just learned of Dr. Linder's passing and we are very saddened. Dr. Linder has been seeing my 26 year old daughter since she was two years old. That's right -- she is no longer a child but refused to see anyone else. Dr. Linder was more than a doctor to us. He saw us through life threatening seizures with kindness, empathy and support. Not only did he provide expert medical care but freely gave us emotional support that words cannot describe. He had a huge impact on me and my daughter and we will always remember him and be grateful to him.

Steve Kruger

July 06, 2015 10:32AM

I just learned of Steve's passing and I'm very sad for you. Though it's been many years since we communicated I still remember both of you well. Steve was a very fine person.
Warmest regards,

Sharon Cowan

July 01, 2015 5:42PM

When I think of Dr. Linder, I think of the many nights he stayed on the phone with me as I held my son while he seized. Dr. Linder never gave up, and he continued to treat my son for 26 years. A kinder man I have never known. God Bless and keep you Dr. Linder.

Barry Rosson

June 29, 2015 4:58PM

When I think of kindness, my thoughts often turn to Steve.

Kelly Kleiner

June 29, 2015 8:45AM

I just learned of Dr. Linder's passing. He was an angel of mercy to my daughter, Kathryn, and to me. We drove from Oklahoma for our visits but I would have gone anywhere to keep him as our doctor. He was so thorough, patient and kind. We are lost without him. Please accept our most sincere condolences! Thank you for sharing him with us Mrs. Linder.

Lisa Murray

June 25, 2015 3:16PM

I just learned that Dr. Linder passed away. He was such a life saver for my daughter during her teenage years as she battled severe migraines. He never gave up, always tried something new and gave her hope for relief. He was a wonderful doctor and he will be greatly missed!!

Karen Newman

June 23, 2015 6:07PM

Mrs. Linder and family,
Our family learned about the loss of Dr. Linder today. The world has lost a great man. Dr. Linder has helped our family for 40 years treating our son, Ronald, thru all his medical problems. He was a God send to our family. He loved what he did and went the extra mile for his patients. We are keeping your family in our prayers. Our deepest condolences are sent to your family. We are going to miss him.

Karen, Bob & Ronnie Newman

Tyler Horton

June 21, 2015 8:03PM

As some of you may have noticed, my mom Eileen Horton posted a message here. I cannot believe what she must have gone through when I was young and dealing with seizures.

Nor can I imagine life without "my doctor" Dr. Linder has been there all of my 30 years and I am deeply saddened by his loss and cant imagine what life is going to be like without our yearly visits. He will be greatly missed. He has impacted so many lives beyond just mine.

Eileen Horton

June 20, 2015 9:21AM

I was a scared mother of a 3 yr. old who had begun having seizures. Dr. Linder entered the room and very calmly and softly began talking with my son. He was such a comfort. Before every visit my son had us stop and buy M&Ms for the mouse. He loved watching that mouse eat candy!! My son is now 30, has lived in Bogata, Colombia for the past 3 years and still had an appointment with Dr. Linder each year. My son was so saddened to hear of his passing. He will be greatly missed.

Jonathan Cannon

June 18, 2015 7:16PM

I didn't know until today about Dr. Linder. I've been thinking about him all day. I was 8 when I first started seeing Dr. Linder. I'm 39 now and he was my doc until he retired in May. I only visited him once a year and I'm definitely going to miss those visits. I'm not a huge fan of going to Dr. appointments, but I can honestly say he's the one doc that I always looked forward to seeing. I'm sad he's gone but I have peace knowing that I'll see him again someday. Thank you Dr. Linder for being the doc that you were and more importantly the man God desired you to be.

Jennifer Little

June 17, 2015 1:01PM

Dear Dr. Linder entered our lives at a time of complete devastation as our daughter suffered day after day with Chronic Daily Migraines. From the moment he entered the room and spoke with us, we knew we had found THE doctor to walk with us through our daughter's journey to health. Although our time with Dr. Linder was short, his compassion, devotion, determination, and love for life will be with us always. Our daughter says he is still helping heal her from heaven. We will pray without ceasing for the family of this wonderful man. Dance with the angels, Sweet Dr. Linder

Susan McDonald

June 17, 2015 10:53AM

I was saddened to hear the news. I worked with Dr. Linder in clinical research (migraine and epilepsy) over the past 20 years. While my company changed over the years, he and his staff were very much the same -- dependable and a joy to work with... he helped develop new medicines for patients in need...he made a difference.

Emily de los Reyes

June 17, 2015 10:03AM

Steve is a gracious man. He was honest and wise. I have never seen him without a smile or a compliment. He will be missed by the child neurology community.

Hilary Lafferty

June 16, 2015 9:00PM

Dr. Linder was an amazing physician. He was so thorough and acted as though he had all the time in the world for my daughter. The world will miss him.

a. david rothner m.d.

June 16, 2015 9:35AM

i was very saddened to hear of steves passing. we have been friends and co-workers in the field of childrens headaches for over 30 years. he was truly a genrleman and scholar. his honesty and integrity served as a model for others. whwnever we were together, he shared of his wisdom and experience. he will be missed by family, friends, co-worker, patients , their families and me.
he was a founding father in the field of childrens headache.
a david rothner m.d.

Leon King

June 15, 2015 9:28PM

Like many of other people who have posted on this site, I too was a patient of Dr. Linder's. Dr. Linder was not only a wonderful doctor, but also a wonderful teacher as well. Dr. Linder kept me several years after I was no longer a pediatric case. When I outgrew his practice, he helped me in reaching my life goals. When I asked Dr. Linder if I could job shadow him as an internship I needed to apply for medical school, in a heartbeat, Dr. Linder said, "Leon, I'll do anything I need to do to help you get into 'brain school.' I learned so much from Dr. Linder and while I was not accepted into medical school, I have taken many of his lessons into my practice in Occupational Therapy and now work on the stroke team at Baylor because of what Dr. Linder taught me. More importantly, Dr. Linder helped me find my true passion in the field of neurology, but also what type of bedside manner healthcare professionals need to have when working with patients who have neurological conditions.

Noelle glover

June 15, 2015 6:44PM

I'm so sad to hear of Dr Linder's passing..I knew him from working in the PICU at MCD hosp as a nurse. I started having headaches one day, so Dr Linder told me to come to his office and he would make sure they weren't anything to worry about..he was such a caring Dr and friend.he will be missed...

Darrell Crisp MD

June 15, 2015 5:08PM

Steve represented the best in all areas of his personal life and professional career. He will be missed by his many friends, the parents of his many patients, all of his neurology colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family in this difficult time.

Cory Lacy

June 15, 2015 5:07PM

Dr. Linder was a great help to me after being diagnosed with a seizure disorder. He was patient, kind, compassionate and a true patient advocate. More than that, he became a friend. I initially visited Dr. Linder when I was around 10 years old and even though I was no longer a pediatric patient, he kept seeing me until his retirement. He was a great man and will be missed by his patients as well as friends and family. Thanks for allowing him to devote so much of his life to helping others!

Thomas Morris

June 15, 2015 1:40PM

I was stunned and deeply saddened to see Dr. Linder passed. I am 41 and have been a patient of his at Dallas Pediatric Neurology for 34 years; I couldn't bring myself to leave until he retired. I have many wonderful memories of Dr. Linder as my neurologist, he touched my life deeply.

I send my deepest condolences and am praying for Cathy, the family, he was a great man who will be greatly missed.

Thomas Morris

Shirleen Smiley Gartin

June 15, 2015 1:21PM

When our daughter and I brought her daughter, Leigh Ann, to Dr. Linder, we were thrilled to see how he interacted with her and talked to us. We will be forever grateful to him for his good care. He released her after her teen age years and now she is a medical assistant. You have our sympathy and our forever gratitude to him.

Sonia Harper

June 15, 2015 9:59AM

Dr. linder was the most Amazing Doctor/Man ever. He was my daughters doctor from the moment she was born in 1993. We miss him already!

Karen Atkinson

June 15, 2015 8:06AM

I worked with Dr. Linder at CMC and MCD over the years and he was one of the most remarkable people I have ever known. He treated staff with great respect and was so caring with his patients. He cared for my daughter and got us through a rough time. He did have the worst handwriting ever, though! I loved hearing of his travels and dining experiences. He will be greatly missed.

Vicki Hill

June 14, 2015 10:28PM

I'm saddened by the news of Dr. Linder's passing. He was a light at the end of a dark tunnel for my daughter Leigh Ann. We appreciate his compassion and knowledge. He was a great Doctor and we are so grateful for him. He will be missed!

Chuck Gay

June 14, 2015 9:16PM

Dear Cathy,
Rhonda and I grieve with you over Steve's loss. We are so grateful to have known him both professionally and personally for the last 30 years, I am a better child neurologist for having worked with him.
Chuck Gay

Lonnie & Deborah Shaw

June 14, 2015 9:06PM

We are so sorry to learn of Dr. Linder's passing. He was our son's neurologist from 1995 up to the time he retired in May. He was always very kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable. Our prayers are with the family.

Barbara J Olson, MD

June 14, 2015 12:39PM

It was a delight and joyful privilege to know Steve. as always, safe travels.

Eddy Phillipson

June 14, 2015 10:43AM

Please accept my condolences on your sad loss.

Eddy Phillipson.

G. Jordan

June 13, 2015 7:01PM

Deepest sympathy to the Linder family. I knew Dr. Linder & his wife, when I was a medical transcriptionist for RCND group in the 1980's.

Andrea Cramer, MD

June 13, 2015 4:30PM

A finer man, a finer physician, and a truly valued colleague, I have never known.

Larry Gray MD

June 13, 2015 2:03PM

Steve has been to me a kind,and compassionate doctor and teacher, and always in a considerate way. A TRUE GENTLEMAN

Jeff Kravits

June 13, 2015 10:27AM

My son, Michael, was diagnosed with Epilepsy and Encephalitis in 2010. Steven Linder was his Neurologist at Medical City. What a wonderful and caring man. We could not have found a better doctor. He got our family through some very rough times. My son has since fully recovered and is doing excellent in school. My deepest condolences go out to his family.

Catherine Griffith

June 12, 2015 11:06PM

Dr. Linder began caring for my son in 1986, and continued to care for him through 2014. He was a kind, patient doctor who offered hope; he also understood the stress a family with a disabled child undergoes, and always reminded us to care for ourselves too. My son will miss Dr Linder, as will I. My condolences to the family on your loss.

Abby Alexus Barron

June 12, 2015 9:46PM

I had the previlage of being under the care of Dr. Linder who was one of the most caring and compassionate individual I have known. He helped with my migraines and seizures. I will forever be grateful to him. I will miss him greatley. My you walk with God.

Therese Clinch, RN, MSN

June 12, 2015 8:31PM

So sorry to hear about Dr. Linder's passing and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife and daughter. He was a great doctor and friend to me when I worked for him as his office nurse from 1985 to 1988. I learned so much from Dr. Linder. Rest in peace Dr. Linder.

James B Francis Jr

June 12, 2015 8:19PM

Cathy and family, Steve was the neurologist for my then 22 month old son, Bo Francis in 1980. Bo drowned and suffered massive brain damage and was in a coma for 30 days at CMC. Remarkedly, he lived and is still alive today, though very brain damaged. Steve was a remarkable doctor for Bo. With Steve's passing, I reflect back on just how many people like us that Steve helped in his life. Few can strive for such an achievement. I know its very sad today, but you need to reflect on the GREAT GOOD he achieved in his life. Much love from Bo Francis and the entire Francis family. Jim Francis

Kelly Mcilyar- Tomlinson

June 12, 2015 7:51PM

Dr. Linder was our families first contact when our daughter, Kathleen Tomlinson, was first diagnosed with infantile spasms as a 26 week preemie. 201He continued to follow her when at 5 years old developed epilepsy. He made her laugh and gave her so much hope. She is now 11 years old and had tears in her eyes when she learned today of his passing. She wants to make sure Magic, his pet mouse, is well taken care of by his wife. God Bless a wonderful doctor and kind person.

Kelly Mcilyar- Tomlinson

June 12, 2015 7:44PM

Dr. Linder was our families first contact when our daughter, Kathleen Tomlinson, was first diagnosed with infantile spasms as a 26 week preemie. He continued to follow her when at 5 years old developed epilepsy. He made her laugh and gave her so much hope. She is now 11 years old and had tears in her eyes when she learned today of his passing. She wants to make sure Magic, his pet mouse, is well taken care of by his wife. God Bless a wonderful doctor and kind person.

Norma Melamed Glass

June 12, 2015 4:34PM

Kathy, I am soooo sad & shocked to read of the passing of Steve....I was always sooo fond of him...such a sweet man, great doctor, superb person!! My very deepest sympathies!!Love from Norma & Jeff

Alan Strickland, MD

June 12, 2015 3:32PM

I want to send my sincere condolences in your loss. Steve was very kind to me during a time when many others were turning their backs on me. He was a true representative of God's love.

Lindsay Conner

June 12, 2015 11:45AM

Dr. Linder was my neurologist for almost 20 years. He kept me as a patient for years after I was no longer pediatric. Dr. Linder was the most caring and compassionate physician that I have ever encountered. He was the best. My deepest sympathies go out to his family.

Susan Iannaccone, MD

June 12, 2015 11:19AM

My sincere condolences to Cathy and the family. We in the pediatric neurology community are grieving with you.

Baer Max Ackerman M.D.

June 12, 2015 10:03AM

I am stunned and most aggrieved at Dr. Linder's passing. I have known and worked with Dr. Linder for many years and feel his loss for my self and our patients and the community at large most keenly. I will be at the service Monday.
Baer Ackerman, MD

Allan Naarden ,MD,FAAN

June 12, 2015 9:57AM

I knew Steve from our work at Medical City Dallas over the past 30 years. I always found him to be a caring, knowledgeable colleague who bore his illness with dignity and strength. he will be missed.

Melissa Hood

June 12, 2015 9:57AM

Dear Cathy and family-my deepest sympathies to you during this time of sorrow. I am so deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Linder's passing. This mother's heart is full of deep gratitude for such a brilliant, compassionate, and caring physician. My son was the beneficiary of Dr. Linder's incomparable research and tender care. I am so grateful for the impact Dr. Linder had on our lives. I am rejoicing with you that Dr. Linder is now being rewarded richly in the presence of our Lord for his faithful and caring service. God bless you and comfort you, dear family.

Dr. And Mrs. Peter D. Hino

June 12, 2015 8:34AM

Daughter was a patient of Dr. Linder

Martin L Lazar

June 11, 2015 8:58PM

Steve will be sorely missed by very many, but none more than his family. For all of us who have been privileged over the years to work with him, his passing leaves a enormous void. For the multitude of patients (and their parents/grandparents)for whom he so skillfully rendered care, Steve will be warmly remembered and deeply appreciated. May the sharp pain of his passing be replaced in time by the many warm memories of time spent with him.This is one very fine man who will not be forgotten.

Chuck Ginsburg

June 11, 2015 8:15PM

A fabulous physician and even better person.

Murray Gordon MD

June 11, 2015 6:41PM

i new and worked with Steve since 1983, and regrettably during his recent diagnosis and treatments. What a fine gentleman and physician, ALWAYS.