We Remember

"Up, up the long delirious burning blue; I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew; And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high, untrespassed sanctity of space; Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."


Gordon Fitzgerald Linke, a native Washingtonian born October, 23 1928 at Columbia Hospital for Women, died peacefully of heart failure at his home in Bethesda, Maryland on March 24, 2020.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jocelyn Beausire Allan Linke of Bethesda, MD; half brother Winthrop Smith, Jr. of Warren, VT; four children—Gordon and wife PK of San Francisco, CA; Allan and wife Eileen of Ridgefield, CT; Scott and wife Debbie of Ridgefield, CT, and Lyn Witt and husband Rich of Bethesda, MD; and nine grandchildren—Trey Linke, Allan Linke, Sean Linke, Jack Linke, Kurt Linke, Erika Linke, Colin Witt, Gena Witt and Jessica Witt.

A 1946 graduate of St Albans School in Washington DC, where he played basketball, baseball and football and was a member of the renown St Albans Boys Choir, Gordon matriculated to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME graduating as a member of the class of 1950. After college, he served our nation during the Korean War as a member of the United States Marine Corp attaining the rank of Captain and proudly lived the rest of his life as “once a Marine, always a Marine”.

In the early 50s, Gordon joined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith in New York as a Trainee, the beginning of a long and distinguished 40 year career—and a time when he met and married Jocelyn Allan of New York. Rising to Senior Vice President of the global financial services firm, Gordon specialized in opening and managing Merrill offices in the New York City and Washington DC areas. After retiring from Merrill in the 90s, he served as a national arbiter for FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Gordon, along with his wife Jocelyn, was an active philanthropist locally and nationally with a strong focus on the Arts and Education. Among the many beneficiaries of his generosity are The Kennedy Center; Hillwood Museum, where Jocelyn currently serves on the Board and as Treasurer and Rosemount Center. He supported capital campaigns at Norwood School, Avon Old Farms and Schools of the Sacred Heart, and provided scholarships at his St Albans and Bowdoin alma maters.

Gordon served on numerous Boards over the years, including Norwood School and Avon Old Farms school; and he was a member of Chevy Chase Club and the Metropolitan Club in Washington DC. In retirement, he and Jocelyn had a passion for travel, with two sub-Saharan African safaris being their favorites.

Shortly after his 90th birthday celebration in October of 2018, his granddaughter Erika Linke sat with Gordon for an audio interview about his life. Her final question was “What advice would you want to leave me with?” Her grandfather replied, “The most important thing is if whatever you are doing is worthwhile, do not quit and give it everything you got”. May he Rest In Peace.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hillwood Museum in Washington DC in the name of Gordon F. Linke or Bowdoin College in Brunswick ME in the name of Gordon F. LInke,

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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