On October 30, 2009, Linda Lee-Ambrose, 57, of Gainesville, Florida passed away after her lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Her death is a great loss to her family, her many friends and coworkers as well as her cancer support family.
Linda was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Potomac, Maryland. After graduating from college with a Biology degree she worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, and continued her graduate training. While at NIH, Linda completed multiple studies in Biology/Bio-Chemistry, culminating in journal publications and her association with many renowned researchers. Early in her career she was selected to work for Marshal Nirenberg who has since been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Linda met and married her husband, John Russell Ambrose, then a research scientist for the National Bureau of Standards, through their mutual interest in sailing. They enjoyed the Washington metropolitan and Annapolis areas until they moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1978. Both worked for the University of Florida, John as an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department of the College of Engineering and Linda as a Senior Biologist under the direction of a number of distinguished clinicians and research professors: Professor Arthur Kimura of the College of Medicine [Pathology Department], Professor Robert Cousins [Food and Agricultural Sciences], Professor Roger Clemmons of the College of Veterinary Medicine [Small Animal Clinic and, finally, Professor Robert MacKay of the College of Veterinary Medicine [Large Animal Clinic]. There, she was working on important studies involving equine endoxemia and anhidrosis of horses at the time of her death. Diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma cancer in the spring of 2007, she continued her work during the many cycles of chemotherapy until shortly before her death.
From her ownership and operation of a retail pet store [The Deep, 1985-87], she intensified her love for many varieties of animals – tropical fish, reptiles and birds. She helped organize the Gainesville Bird Fanciers organization, serving several terms as one of its first presidents. Linda’s great love for animals generated a houseful of rescued dogs, cats, birds and a tortoise. Her passion for life can be witnessed in her many activities including scuba diving, boating and sailing, scalloping, Gator football, craft work and most importantly, her family. Linda is survived by her devoted husband, John R. Ambrose, her loving son Christopher Lee Ambrose, both of Gainesville; a daughter Pamela Ambrose Norring, her husband Jan-Michael Norring and their son Ethan of Seattle, WA,; a son John Russell Ambrose Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA; her father Carl E. Lee of Alachua, FL, and her sister, Cynthia Ann Lee of Hollywood, MD. Linda leaves behind many friends, neighbors and coworkers in the College of Veterinary Medicine who will forever remember her constant companion of the last few years – T.J., a yellow labrador retriever.
After the diagnosis of her illness, Linda became active in a number of charitable organizations, including but not limited to Cure by Design [ American Cancer Society ] and The Healing Touch support group at the Trinity Methodist Church of Gainesville.
Services will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at the Milam Funeral Home at 311 South Main Street in Gainesville, FL. She will be buried in the Harrow-Lee-Ambrose section of the Clarksbury Methodist Church in Deltaville, VA.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601; (352)-376-5361.
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