Linda Rae Daniels

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Linda Rae Daniels, loving sister, aunt and friend, age 65 was born on January 22, 1953 in Wellsville, OH.  She departed this life on August 23, 2018 in Athens, Ohio.  Her homegoing celebration will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at The Chapel of Peace East, 5456 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio (One block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Road).  Interment will be at Union Cemetery. 

Linda became director of the Office of Multicultural Programs (MCP) at Ohio University in October 1997.  In July 2000, she took on the additional role of director of the Lindley Cultural Center (LCC).  Her responsibilities included the supervision of all programs and services of both offices.

Over the course of 18 years, Linda served the Ohio University community as an advocate for multicultural students. Her passion to create a diverse and inclusive space allowed students to find their home away from home in both MCP and LCC. 

Linda was a staple in the Ohio University community and she was a particularly important and vital figure in the African American community of OU. As a visionary and leader, Linda was instrumental in the development of key initiatives and campus traditions that are still celebrated on the Athens campus today. Linda understood the importance of meeting students where they are and shepherding them towards greatness. She provided multiple opportunities for students to step into their roles as young professionals, giving of her time and talents to develop the next generation of Higher Education professionals. As an advisor, Linda was patient. As a supervisor she encouraged young professionals to show empathy. As a mentor, Linda taught the importance of developing and maintaining professional relationships. Whether using new technologies or developing a program proposal, Linda readily offered her talents and provided a platform for any student that crossed her path to be heard and validated.

Prior to her appointment at Ohio University, Linda served the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for 14 years as assistant vice president for Student Affairs, associate dean of Student Life and assistant dean of Student life.  She earned a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism / Communications from Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA.

Linda was a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for 46 years. She fully embodied the ideals and principles of the organization, particularly its mission of service to all mankind.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents and brother; Cora Jane, Samuel and Raymond Scales as well as a beloved aunt, Gladys Daniels. She will be missed and remembered by her siblings, Wallace Daniels, Samuel Scales, Harold Scales (Mary) and Jannie Washington (Alfonzo).  She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and friend Angela Davis.

Visitation 9:30am and Funeral 10am Saturday, September 8, 2018 MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Interment at Union Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. kimberly L Ervin


  2. Our thoughts are with Ms. Daniels family.
    In just a little while all of the pain and sorrow that we feel from the death of our love one will cease and be replaced with joy because the former things have passed away. With caring thoughts.

  3. Charlene Mickens Dukes

    To the Daniels Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s heavenly transition. We met and worked together at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown. Linda was a quiet strength, and I so appreciated her guidance and her friendship. May the Lord keep and bless you in this tremendous loss.

  4. Irish J. Richardson

    To the Daniels family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss. There is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. In the past God has resurrected humans and He is eager to do it again. Read Acts 24:15 and Revelation 21:4. I would like to discuss more with you about God’s promises. You can contact me at (614) 870-2979. Love Your Neighbor Irish J. Richardson.

  5. Caryn M. Bailey

    Dear Family of Linda R. Daniels:

    Please accept my sincerest condolences. Linda was not only my Sorority Sister, but my first boss after obtaining my Masters degree. I am very grateful and blessed to have known her. She made a significant impact on my life in myriad aspects. I am praying for your strength, and for peace that passeth all understanding. Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

    In continuous prayer,
    Caryn M. Bailey

  6. Christine M. Helsel

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Daniels family. I am sorry for your loss.

    I worked with Linda in the 1980s. She was my mentor and my friend. She was caring, kind, funny, and the consummate professional. What she taught me has never been forgotten and she will never be forgotten.

  7. I am thankful for our time together as both employer and advisor. As I see the many touching tributes being posted, it is very clear that you spent your life serving others. Your legacy lives on through every person you touched.

    To the family, friends, and loved one grieving Linda’s passing, I pray peace and comfort to you all.

  8. Janice Edwards-Armstrong

    Angie…Linda will be missed by all of the student who loved her. I am so sorry for your loss ❤️

  9. Wallace Daniels,
    I am so very sorry to read of the transition, although to a much better place, of your most dearly and beloved sister. I extend my sincere sympathy and condolences to you and your family. God bless you.

  10. Ashley A. Carpenter

    To the Dainels family I am so sorry for your lost. You all will continue to be in my prayers.

  11. Dr. Merrily Swoboda

    I was so sorry to hear of Linda Daniels’ passing. I served on the search committee that brought Ms. Daniels to University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Student Affairs Office, and I enjoyed working with her at UPJ. I’ll remember her as a consummate professional with a deep and sincere interest in improving student life on campus. My sincere condolences for your loss to her entire family.

  12. Clea Patrick Hollis

    To the family of Linda Rae Daniels
    Thank you for sharing Linda, who was very dear to me. We were two strangers in Johnstown, who connected in friendship and as colleagues at the Johnstown Campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Last December, Linda pulled into my driveway and stayed a week, a week that I will forever cherish.
    Peace be with you,

  13. Sharon (Shanks)Webber

    Rip my beautiful childhood friend. How well I remember and cherish all the wonderful days we played together. It seems like yesterday. Prayers to all your family. Go rest high on that mountain—–

  14. To the Family of Linda Rae Daniels:
    I would like to take this time and extend my sincere condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of knowing Linda and her family since I was young. She was truly a loving and well rounded individual. It takes a special person to work with students from various backgrounds and assist in developing them into future leaders. She knew the importance of education and wanted to share her knowledge with the world. Every single student that crossed her desk did not leave the way they came. She had a God given gift for service that will not be forgotten. Her impact on Ohio University and the Athens, Ohio community will continue to be felt for generations to come. I will continue to keep the family in my thoughts and prayers.


    Doreen G. Dickey
    Midland, Pennsylvania

  15. Frank and Mary Adams

    To the Scales and Daniels Family,
    I extend our sincere sympathy for your loss. May your memories bring you peace and may Gods blessings keep you during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Everene Rutledge

    May God comfort your family during your grief.

  17. I always appreciated Linda’s wry sense of humor and she needed a lot of it navigating the waters of these last couple of decades. She wanted to get closer to home but it was complicated. Now she has been called Home and is at peace. We are left with the loss, and the gifts, and the memories. I know all hearts will be soothed by the gentle, wry love she left with us.

  18. To the family of Linda Rae Daniels,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Linda. Linda and I worked together for many years on various events at the university. She was a friend and a mentor to me. Linda will be missed.

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