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“God's blessings to you at this holy time. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Very Rev. Dr. Steve Sellers - ND

“I am so sad to hear of Dorothy's passing. All of us in Delta Gamma would have liked to know her better. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Lee Anne Potter - Austin, TX

“I,too,remember Mrs. Lineback from the days she came to see her sons perform in plays at Reagan High. I know how proud she was of her children. ...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Suzy Clarkson Holstein - WI

“I taught with Dorothy at Walnut Creek in the 1970s. What a lovely lady she was, and she was just that---a lady in every sense of the word. Her...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Deedie Hering - Waco, TX

“I remember Mrs. Lineback came to the drama productions at Reagan High School--supporting her sons ... and the rest of us! Most recently, she enjoyed...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Gary Knippa - Austin, TX

“Eleanor and Joe -- Please accept my condolences. The notice also stirred memories of my time (1952-1954) at the 97th General Hospital. Your friend...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Eugene Palmer - Austin, TX

“Mrs. Lineback was my first grade teacher at Walnut Creek Elementary in 1972-'73. She was a wonderful, caring teacher, and I was fortunate to be one...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Sarah Kinsey Ricard - Belton, TX

“Dorothy's warm spirit and friendly smile are a gift we'll long cherish. We will miss her at Westminster. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Virgie and Will Erickson - Austin, TX


Dorothy Darnall Lineback passed away at Westminster Manor in Austin Texas on Sunday, August 10, 2008. She was born on March 11, 1923, the second of three children of Colonel Joseph Rogers Darnall and Clara Barclay Darnall. She was the granddaughter of Brigadier General Carl Rogers Darnall, who invented the apparatus and method for the purification of water by chlorination, and for whom the Darnall Army Community Hospital at Fort Hood, Texas, is named. She attended the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, D.C. and Monticello Preparatory School for Girls in Alton, Illinois. A 1940 graduate of Monticello, she continued her education at Duke University in Durham, N. C., where she became a member of the Delta Gamma social sorority and Chi Delta Phi, national literary sorority. She transferred to the University of Michigan her sophomore year, where she was a member of the Zeta Phi Eta speech society, a hospital volunteer, both Freshman and Transfer Student Orientation Advisor, and General Chairman of "Michibomber" during World War II. She was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1944, where she was the first female student to be elected president of the senior class of the Literature, Science, and Arts School. Following graduation, she became Assistant Director and then Director of Service Club #3 at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Among her other duties, she trained Red Cross girls for overseas duty. When her father became commandant of the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, she accompanied her family to Germany. There, in 1950, she met and married Captain Carl Mayo Lineback, a young doctor on her father's staff. They had three children — Richard, Robert, and Carol. As first the daughter, and then the wife of an Army officer, she traveled extensively throughout the Far East, Europe, and Central America, as well as the United States. In 1964, she received an MA degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, in Guidance Counseling. Mrs. Lineback attended seven different universities at various times and taught at all levels from nursery school to college. Her favorite and longest position was first grade. When her husband retired from the Army in 1965, they settled in Austin, Texas, where Dr. Lineback went into private practice as an Otolaryngologist. She helped her husband in his office and later taught first grade at Walnut Creek Elementary School in Austin. She was a member of the Travis County Medical Auxiliary for 23 years and of the Magna Carta Dames (San Antonio Colony). After retirement, she became a volunteer for the Child Abuse Hotline and a House Staff volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House from the time of its opening in 1985. She was also a member of the Retired Officers Wives Club and a member of the University of Michigan Club. Her favorite activities were reading, travel, ballroom dancing, and working with little children. She and her husband were members of the Let's Dance Club and attended regularly from 1999 to 2004. The greatest joy of her later years came from her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Carl Mayo Lineback, her father, Col. Joseph R. Darnall, and her mother, Clara Barclay Darnall. She is survived by her son, Richard Lineback and his wife Karena and her son Dale, of Valencia CA; by her son, Robert Lineback, of Santa Monica, CA; by her daughter, Carol Lineback Nelson and husband Kenneth and their children, Michael and Lauren and Ken's son, Chris, all of Austin; and by her sister, Eleanor Darnall, and her brother, Joseph Darnall, Jr., both of Austin. Dorothy Lineback had a strong spirit wrapped in a unique and endearing charm that brightened the world for all who knew her. She will be dearly missed but remembered with joy by her many friends, by the students whose lives she touched, and by her family, which is grateful to have known and loved her. Her family is grateful for the care and kindness she received from the caring staff at Westminster Health Care Center, The Medical Team, and Hospice Austin. They also appreciate the dedicated services of Dr. John Sandbach of Texas Oncology, Dr. Michael Pellegrini, Dr. Roger Gammon, and Dr. Tom McHorse, and Dr. John Abikhaled. A private family graveside service was held by her daughter, Rev. Carol Lineback Nelson on Saturday, August 16, 2008. In lieu of flowers, she has requested that donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Austin and Hospice Austin.