The Distinguished Alumna Award recognizes an alumna for her exceptional work professionally and who has had a profound impact on those around her. Dr. Linda Bishop Bohn is this year's recipient.
Linda graduated from Saint Ben's in 1971. CSB introduced her to the infinite possibilities that were "out there." For someone who hadn't traveled outside of Minnesota or Iowa, being given the opportunity to see New York, Boston and Washington D.C. was a gift she wouldn't forget. And, being open to possibilities when life deals challenges was a skill she's employed throughout her lifetime.
Linda majored in Elementary Education. After a short time teaching, Linda her husband, and 9-month-old daughter needed to relocate for his job. Rather than look for a new teaching job, she applied to medical school at the urging of her father, and enrolled in the University of Minnesota in 1974. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology, and then began practicing medicine, as well as teaching in the Department of Radiology at the University of Minnesota. She devoted more than 20 years to radiology at various organizations including St. Paul-Ramsey medical center, Regions Hospital, St. Paul Radiology, and Eitel Hospital.
Linda speaks of herself with exceeding humility and feels incredibly blessed, but her story hasn't always been one of good-fortune.
In 2001, Linda was diagnosed with a tumor of the pituitary gland. She underwent 12 hours of surgery and spent one month in the ICU, where she faced a respiratory arrest and other life-threatening complications. Following her hospital stay, Linda had to retire from the medical field.
Since her retirement, Dr. Bohn has taught Sunday school for 12 years and began working through Saint Paul Public Schools to tutor students from elementary school to adults trying to get their GED. She also became a Master Gardener in Ramsey County and has put her expertise to use volunteering to maintain public gardens.
When it comes to her professional achievements, Linda has always been a trailblazer. In 1994, she became the first woman President of the Ramsey Medical Society in the organization's 124 years. She also founded the first dedicated Breast Cancer Detection Center in the Twin Cities.
Above all, Linda considers her three children to be her biggest, most important achievement in life. After her son died January 2010, her life changed dramatically, but she attributes her strength to her faith, her family and her friends. Linda remains thankful for every day she has been given to spend with her children and four grandchildren.