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News - December 5, 2012

Linda Bennet Lynch dies at 80

Linda Bennet Lynch of Atherton, a collector of contemporary art, died Nov. 8 of a long standing illness. She was 80.

Born in Newburgh, New York, she was the daughter of Augustus W. Bennet and granddaughter of William S. Bennet, both of whom served in the U. S. Congress.

She attended St. Catherine's School in Richmond, Virginia, and Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, New York. She made several moves with her young family before moving to Atherton in 1978. A member of the Stanford Contemporary Collectors Circle, she traveled throughout Europe and the United States, visiting contemporary art collections in private homes, galleries and museums.

She grew grapes on her Atherton property and recently picked a tenth harvest of cabernet sauvignon grapes. Her labels read "Lin's Vins."

Ms. Lynch is survived by her children, Chad Lynch of Redwood Shores, Casey Lynch of Menlo Park, and Tara Rojas of Newark; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials in her name may be made to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304; Pathways Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040; or the JLPA-MP Endowment Fund, Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse, 555 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, 94025. Services were private.