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Linda Jean Havlin
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Linda Jean Havlin passed away on May 9, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. Her
death was the result of severe injuries sustained from being struck by a car
when out walking her beloved cavalier, Louie, on a beautiful spring day. Her
final hours were spent in the presence of her greatest achievement and love
of her life, her son Todd W. Boulis, as well as being comforted throughout
by a number of caring friends and her former husband of 34 years, Paul

Linda was born to John and Rita (Sullivan) Havlin of Wellesley,
Massachusetts on June 18, 1950. She graduated from Wellesley High School in
1968 and then attended Manhattanville College before transferring to Colgate
University. She was one of the first 50 women graduates in the Colgate class
of 1972. She was a graduate of the Harvard University School of Public
Health Executive Program in Health Policy in 1981 and received her MBA from
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 1984.

Linda began her career with the Harvard Community Health Plan, and then
joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts working on health reform,
public policy and HMO development. She moved to Chicago in 1978 to become
the first female Chief of Staff to the President of the Blue Cross Blue
Shield Association and went on to lead the organization's Strategy and
Planning Division. She joined Hewitt Associates, a worldwide employee
benefits consulting firm, in 1985, ultimately becoming a partner and
continued until 1997. She then joined William Mercer from 1997-2010. As a
Worldwide Partner at Mercer, Linda led the Midwest Health and Benefits
Practice, was a member of the global leadership team, head of global
research and specialty practices, and the U.S. leader for health reform.
She retired from Mercer in 2010 as the National Consulting and Intellectual
Capital Leader.

Linda held many positions with non-profit organizations. She served as a
member of the Board of Trustees for Writers Theater in Glencoe, Illinois
from 2008-2013. She was a member of UNICEF's Midwest Regional Board from
2014-2017, serving on their gala committee and Chicago Humanitarian Awards
committee. She served on the Board of PAWS Chicago and as a volunteer,
reflecting her love of pets. She was a founding member of Impact Grants
Chicago, a women's philanthropic organization that gives transformative
grants to Chicago based non profit organizations and where Linda held a
leadership position, chairing a grant review committee. To date, Impact
Grants has donated over $2.5 million. Linda served as the assistant manager
for the North Shore Exchange's Michigan Avenue non-profit luxury consignment
store where 100% of the profits are donated to Chicago area charities .
Since its inception they have provided over $1.5 million in grants to human
services for children and women below the poverty line. Additionally, she
volunteered at The Art Institute of Chicago as a docent.

Linda was a very proud graduate of Colgate University, and was honored when
her son chose to attend there, where he played on the lacrosse team for four
years, graduating in 2010. Linda took immense joy in participating in CULTA,
the Colgate University Lacrosse Tailgate Association, which reigned at all
home and away games; she published their first cookbook which the Colgate
"lax" families continue to use. She was an active member of the Alumnae
Leadership Council at Colgate from 2007-2011, and served on the Steering
Committee of the Society of Families. She received a Maroon Citation in
recognition of her outstanding volunteer service. Linda was honored to be
chosen as a Trustee for the University and served in that capacity from

Linda was preceded in death by her parents Rita and John Havlin. She is
survived by her beloved and cherished son Todd W. Boulis of Los Angeles, her
sister Ann Macfarland of Dataw Island, SC and her nieces Kristen Kirkland of
Van Alstyne, TX and Sarah Travers of Mystic, CN.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in her name to
either PAWS Chicago or Impact Grants Chicago.!form/Donations

Memorial Service Monday, June 3, 4 p.m., at Fourth Presbyterian Church,
North Michigan Avenue at East Delaware Place, Chicago. Please visit LINDA
your thoughts or memories in the online guest book and where service
information will be updated. <> <> by CENTRAL CHAPEL-Chicago,
Robert J. Moynihan & Co., 773-581-9000 or 312-944-6060.