Gail Denise Linton, 37, a witty, outgoing secretary in the Baltimore Sun's advertising department who was well-known in Fells Point where she worked 10 years, died Tuesday at Union Memorial Hospital from complications associated with Hodgkin's disease.
Miss Linton had been in the hospital since Aug. 1. She died on her birthday. She was born October 15, 1954, at the old Sinai Hospital on Monument Street.
She was the daughter of Irma Hanrahan Linton and William Linton, now of Phoenix, Ariz. William Linton served two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was minority leader from 1974 to 1978. He's now director of the Arizona Department of Racing.
Gail Linton had worked at the Baltimore Sun since October 1988, first in the classified advertising department, and later as secretary to the national advertising director.
Her colleagues remembered her wit, humor and ability to tell a good story.
Earlier she had worked for about a decade in Fells Point, mostly at Turkey Joe Trabert's Bar on lower Broadway, where her warm, gregarious personality was celebrated. She also worked at Alonso's Restaurant on Cold Spring Lane and at Palughi's in Little Italy.
Miss Linton grew up in Parkville. She graduated from Parkville High School in 1972. She had been president of her class in both her junior and senior years. She was a member of the Honor Society and one of 10 outstanding students named to the school's Hall of Fame.
Survivors include her mother and father; her grandmother, Mrs. Chester Linton of Arbutus; a sister, Amy Smith of Owings Mills; a brother, Thomas M. Linton Sr. of Bel Air; and two nephews, Thomas M. Linton Jr. and Davis N. Linton, also of Bel Air.
A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, West 36th Street and Chestnut Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in Gail Linton's name to the Union Memorial Foundation, 201 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, Md. 21218.