Sue Linford Culinary Arts & Hospitality Scholarship
Mary Suzanne “Sue” Linford was born in Indiana in 1935. She came to Alaska as a young bride in 1954. She was educated in Catholic schools, and held many diverse jobs before becoming CEO and owner of Linford of Alaska wholesale foods for over 35 years. Her employees were deeply important to her. Both a fun-loving person and a sharp businesswoman, Linford was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Public Service from APU in 2008.
Linford was a proud mother of five children — Chris, Doug, Mark, Paul and Julie. Affectionally known as “Tutu” to five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, her playful nature, sense of humor, and creation of unique traditions delighted her family and her many dear friends. She had a way of making people feel uniquely special, and her infectious laugh and bright smile were without compare. Linford was just as comfortable getting her hands dirty as she was enjoying the finer things in life. She was passionate about traveling the world, playing golf, partying with her “Red Hats,” cancer research, singing in the Anchorage Concert Chorus, and a longtime patron of the arts and theater.
Linford was deeply generous of time, talent and treasure. A member of Holy Family Cathedral, she was active in her Catholic Faith through many forms of stewardship. She loyally supported local sports, her Alaska Aces, and loved to cheer on her Seattle Mariners. Linford highly valued service to her community holding positions of leadership on the Anchorage School Board, Chamber of Commerce, Port Commission, Rotary, Alaska Pacific University and many others.
An inspiring leader among women and men, she received many community awards, including the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Gold Pan Award, RuRAL CAP’s Outstanding Contribution Award, YWCA Woman of Achievement, Alaska’s Small Business Person of the Year, Soroptomist’s Woman of Distinction Award and the Heart of the City’s George M. Sullivan Leadership Award.
Sue Linford passed away in 2017.