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