We share the news of the passing of previous LDNY Chapter President, Dame Linda Lawry

It is with deep sadness we share the news of Dame Linda Lawry’s passing. A past president of Les Dames NY Chapter, highly respected colleague and dear friend, Linda’s influence knew no bounds, mentoring and sponsoring many of our own members in addition to countless LDNY and IWC scholarship recipients.

Recently retired from her longtime position of Director at International Wine Center, under Linda’s tenure more than 300 students earned the rigorous WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Diploma. Linda’s achievements were impressive and wide-ranging. Wine expert was top of her list, earning a WSET Diploma in 1997.

Linda was a Certified Wine Educator, Certified Specialist of Spirits of the Society of Wine Educators, and a trained chef. She served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Wine Educators and was a past President of Les Dames d’Escoffier New York Chapter.

Linda was also a member of the faculty of New York University from 1997 until 2016 in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, where she taught a wine and spirits course.

We hope you’ll also read the many wonderful tributes being posted on Facebook and elsewhere, including a loving memory shared by Dame May Matta-Aliah on Instagram at @inthegrape. The kind words being shared around the globe are a testament to Dame Linda Lawry’s contributions to LDNY and beyond and will ensure her legacy is longstanding. Rest in peace, dear Linda.

Remembering Former LDNY President Linda Lawry
Remembering Former LDNY President Linda Lawry