In Loving Memory

Dr. Michael M. Linder

April 25, 1951 - September 20, 2019

Tribute

Michael Mark Linder Sr., M.D., passed from this Earth on Friday, September 20, 2019, just after 9 o’clock p.m. at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center after a very unexpected, brief, and serious illness. He was born on April 25, 1951 in Searcy, Arkansas, to Raymond James Linder Sr. and Margaret Carolyn Linder. He was one of three brothers and six sisters, the fourth of nine children.

After spending his childhood at various times in Arkansas, Washington, D.C., and Memphis, Tennessee, he graduated from Bishop Byrne High School in Memphis in 1969 and went on to attend college at Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis). He attended The University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis and after obtaining his medical degree went on to do his residency in Family Medicine, the discipline he absolutely devoted his professional life to for over forty years. During his residency and immediately after, he also served his country as a U.S. Army physician attached to the 101st Airborne Division and remained on reserve status for many years after he completed his active duty term.

The bulk of his career was spent as a teaching physician with Family Medicine programs in the Southeast United States. The number of physicians he trained and mentored over the last several decades cannot be easily counted, nor can their admiration and devotion to him as a teacher and mentor be quantified. The longest stretches of that career were spent in Columbus, Georgia, and Huntsville, Alabama, as the Residency Director of Family Medicine programs, and in Mobile, Alabama, as a faculty member at The University of South Alabama Medical School in the Family Medicine program. In both Huntsville and Mobile, he also administered a fellowship program in Sports Medicine, his other great career passion. His last years he furthered his love of teaching by helping to establish a new Family Medicine Residency at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Carolyn, and his eldest sister, Sharon Nolan.

He is survived by his wife of the last thirty-one years, Carol Patricia Motley, M.D., of Spanish Fort, Alabama; and his five children, Michael M. Linder Jr. of Mobile, Alabama, Carrie Leigh Linder of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Lauren Patricia Linder of Huntsville, Alabama, Charlotte Carolyn Linder, M.D., of Huntsville, Alabama, and Alicia Tei Linder of Mobile, Alabama. He is also survived by seven of his brothers and sisters, Margaret Lewis, Raymond Linder Jr., Barbara Linder, Mary Richardson, Timothy Linder, M.D., Lisa Lloyd, and Alice Johnson. He also had six grandchildren, Julie Alling, Brittany Alling, Emily Alling, Damon Greene, Lacey Robinson, and Marissa Linder.

He would have hated the omission here of his beloved Basset Hounds, a breed he owned and adored his entire adult life. He was preceded in death by Bumbletoes, Lucy, Chumley, and Autumn. He is survived by Vera, Storm, and Wiggles. Wiggles, in particular, misses her customary position sleeping next to him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 8271 Whispering Pines Road in Daphne.  The family will receive family and friends for a time of visitation prior to the service beginning at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial award is being established in his name to recognize medical students who represent the values he embodied. If you wish to contribute, please visit http://giving.southalabama.edu/Linder or send a letter to the USA Health Office of Development, 650 Clinic Dr., TRP 3, Suite 1500, Mobile, AL, 36688.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com.  Service arrangements are being handled by Hughes Funeral Home, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.

16 Comments

  1. Rhonda Turley

    Dr. “Mike” Linder was an exceptional human being. What I loved about Mike is that no one held status in his eyes. He treated everyone with respect and care. His humanistic side always prevailed. He just seemed to love people!
    I also loved his stories. As wild as they were…they brought all listening to tears from laughing so hard. He had a way of keeping life light.
    As a physician, Mike truly cared for his patients. He always took the time to listen intently so that he could treat their ills appropriately. His patients truly felt his compassion and empathy… which made him a great doctor!
    Mike loved his family with all his heart and often bragged about their achievements. He also loved his residents and loved to see them succeed.
    Personally, he was a valued friend. He was always there to help, encourage and lift up.
    Mike, you will be truly missed, but I bet the good Lord is laughing right now as you tell him your vivid and crazy stories!! ❤️ GO ARMY!!

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  2. Margretta

    Alice and Lisa, I am so sorry to learn of your loss.

    Siblings are outer Forever Friends; It is indeed hard to bear their leaving.

    God bless you and bring you grace.
    -Margretta daLomba Dobbs

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    • Lisa Lloyd

      Thanks Margretta! I know you know this pain all too well.💔

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    • Alice Johnson

      Thanks so much! Our hearts are broken!! Much love to you!

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  3. Mike Brumfield, CPA

    Carol, I’m so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. Our prayers are with you and the family. We are out town this week or I would be at the funeral.

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  4. Carol Malone

    Carol, great sadness at hearing of Mike’s illness and untimely death. Such fond memories of this kind and thoughtful human being and wonderful physician. God bless.

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  5. Alison Rudd, CRNP

    Dr. Linder will be sorely missed. I always felt appreciated by Dr. Linder as a valuable member of the healthcare team. He was an excellent teacher and an even better listener. I extend my sincerest condolences to Dr. Motley, Dr. C.C. Linder, & the entire Linder family. You are in my thoughts this week.

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  6. Paula Cothren Wrye

    If you spent a little time with Dr. Linder, you could never doubt his love for Family Medicine, his dedication to his residents, and his lust for life. His eyes sparkled in a special way when he talked about medicine and those he helped train. Huntsville’s FM Residency program was re-energized when he came as director. Those of us here today can be thankful for this leadership and stewardship during times of struggle. My deepest condolences to his family.

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    • Autumn Walker

      I honestly still cannot believe that he is gone. I keep thinking (& hoping?) that he is just on another exotic vacation somewhere. It is really starting to hit me (well, all of us) with the very noticeable void at the clinic where he usually is (& we all still wish he somehow could be). He really was a terrific, caring, humble and hilarious human. I hate to admit it, but I suppose we all just took it for granted that he would always be there. The world, and certainly our FM Residency program is going to mourn his loss for quite some time. On the other hand, the number of lives he has touched is immeasurable and will therefore continue his legacy forever. This scholarship is the perfect way to honor him. I am truly sorry for the loss of this great man, father, husband, physician and mentor. I hope Dr. Motley, Cici, and the rest of the Linder family find solace during this time of shock and grief. ❤️😢🤗🥰💙

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  7. MIKE HARRINGTON

    Carol and Family,
    Kathy and I were so very sad when we heard the tragic news about Mike.
    As you know I knew Mike almost all of his time in Alabama. I can say with certainty that he was an outstanding Family Physician and always an ambassador for Family Physicians everywhere, and particularly in Alabama. We had many conversations about primary care at AAFP Meetings and elsewhere.
    He was dedicated and enthusiastic about patient care and teaching. We would all be fortunate to have others as committed as Mike.
    He will be deeply missed by family, friends, faculty, residents, and students.
    Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the Linder Family.

    Kathy and Mike Harrington

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  8. Justine McKee, Medical Student

    I had the privilege of having Dr. Linder as my preceptor on my Family Medicine rotation August 2019. As a preceptor Dr. Linder was an amazing teacher in that he trusted his students enough to allow opportunities for hands-on learning rather than just watching. Through his daily interactions with patients and his residents I witnessed how much he loved medicine and people. In the month that I had the honor of working with him I do not recall ever seeing him upset, rather he had a great sense of humor and frequently told jokes and sang in the clinic. One of my last memorizes with him was him telling me about his plans for he and his wife, Dr. Motley, to go see one of his favorite bands, the Bellamy Brothers in Biloxi this November. I feel so lucky and honored to have been able to work and learn from Dr. Linder, he will be truly missed!

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  9. Victor Sparks

    It is with a heavy heart that I hear of Dr. Linder’s passing. I had the great opportunity of training under Dr. Linder in the UAB Family Medicine Residency in Huntsville from 1994-97. Virtually all memories I have of him include that great big smile! He wanted nothing more than the absolute best training for us coupled with life’s experiences! I am certainly the better for my time spent with him. The greater regret is the business of life & practice of medicine that has kept me too busy to have stayed in touch. From me & I’m certain the rest of my residency class of ‘97, I say Godspeed Dr. Linder, you will always be loved & admired & we certainly can’t thank you enough for the collective impact you had & will continue to have on us!

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  10. Daisy Dickinson

    So sad to hear of Dr. Linder’s passing. I worked many years in Family Medicine at UAB Huntsville, under Dr. Linder. He was always kind, cheerful and a good person to work for. I will miss you.

    My deepest sympathies to Dr. Carol Motley and family.

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  11. Nancy Yoakum Blevins

    I want to send my deepest sympathies to the family of Dr. Mike Linder. Mike was instrumental in recruiting not only me to the Huntsville campus as a resident but also my husband to the UAH graduate engineering school.This has always left an impact on us because it is truly a quality that few possess. Our professional relationship has continued over the years as he encouraged me both as a private practitioner and on my return to academics. He served the Huntsville campus for 16 years and throughout his career Mike continued his passionate commitment to the training of family medicine residents that has impacted so many . I smile as I remember parties at his house , tennis, recruiting , and a diet coke in his hand as I was checking out to him all while he was propped back in his chair throwing a ball up in the air over and over again. With endearing love for Mike’s family I pray for peace. He will be greatly missed.

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  12. John Brandon

    Carol, as you recall, Mike was instrumental in “saving” the residency program (1994-5) in Huntsville, as well as the branch (med school) campus there. And of course the significant majority of the faculty there, with the residents and med students, contributed greatly, too.

    The State of Alabama owes him immensely for his sincere dedication to teaching. And I would guess he may have trained more Fam Docs in Alabama than any one else, given the time he spent in our state as a teacher (and director) throughout his career.

    I wanted you to know how much I deeply appreciated his friendship over more than 3 decades.
    My sincerest sympathy to you and all of his family, bassets, friends, and students.

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  13. Linesay Taylor - Hampton Inn & Suites

    We had the pleasure of accomodating the family of Dr. Linder. We ‘d like to express our deepest condolences to his wife, children, sisters, brothers, and a host of other family and friends who have suffered this loss. We will continue to pray for your strength and understanding as you grieve. I’m sure his legacy will live on as we pray that you get through this. Have a wonderful day. Thanks so much for staying with us.

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