Alpha Delta Pi Mourns the Loss of Linda Ablard
[Atlanta, GA] – With great sadness, Alpha Delta Pi grieves the death of Linda Welch Ablard, Alpha Omicron—Oklahoma State University. After a brief battle with pneumonia, Linda passed on Sunday morning, January 5, 2020, in Tampa, Florida.
Linda’s Alpha Delta Pi legacy is unparalleled. In 2018 she retired from the position of Executive Director after 15 years in that capacity. She served during a time of great growth for the sorority and implemented many new projects that propelled Alpha Delta Pi into the 21st century, including our highly successful internship program. In 2019, the Executive Director’s office was officially named in her honor at a special event celebrating her accomplishments. Her successor, Amanda Sloan, Alpha Beta—Iowa, noted, “Linda was a mentor to many Alpha Delta Pi staff and Greek friends in her role as Executive Director. She took time to learn the business and advocate for Greek women and our organizations. Her leadership and influence run deep and our industry is indebted to her.”
Prior to her role on staff, Linda served in numerous capacities, including International Secretary, Adelphean Editor, Traveling Chapter Secretary, and several committee positions. Past Grand President Virginia Rosenberg Stafford, Alpha Beta—Iowa, remarked upon learning of Linda’s passing, “She was an Alpha Delta Pi who loved and understood the sorority and knew how to write about it and express it, too.” Indeed, Linda’s words will live on forever through her many Adelphean articles and our two beautiful history books, Sisters and More Sisters.
Linda’s impact on the fraternity and sorority world was not limited to Alpha Delta Pi. She served as President of the Fraternity Executives Association and in 2012 received the Evin C. Varner, Jr. Fraternal Communications Award presented by the Fraternity Communications Association. At Alpha Delta Pi’s 2019 Convention in Las Vegas, Linda received the Joan Perry Boatright Alumnae Loyalty Award for her years of dedicated service. “Linda’s impact is deep and wide, not only within Alpha Delta Pi but also in our Greek community,” noted International President Emily Erkel, Zeta Chi—Baylor. “Most importantly, Linda impacted the lives of individual sisters and friends with her passion for the Greek experience, love of ADPi history, faith in God, and belief in the potential of others. I personally cherished Linda’s ability to both learn from and teach others through her many roles. She made a difference in my life as a young consultant and again as President.”
At this time, details for a memorial and celebration of Linda’s life have not been finalized. We will share arrangements at alphadeltapi.com once they are known. Messages for Linda’s family may be sent to Executive Office where they will be collected and forwarded at the end of the month. Please address any notes to:
The Family of Linda Ablard
c/o Alpha Delta Pi Sorority
1386 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Click here to read Linda's obituary. A full obituary will also be shared in the spring 2020 Adelphean. Read more about Linda’s service to Alpha Delta Pi in the fall 2018 Adelphean article celebrating her retirement.
About Alpha Delta Pi Founded at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Ga., on May 15, 1851, Alpha Delta Pi was the first secret society established for college women. Its principles of scholarship, leadership, sisterhood and service guide more than 265,000 women in 159 active collegiate chapters and 155 alumnae associations of Alpha Delta Pi.
Published: January 6, 2020