Linda Anne Cooke Sorkin, 65, librarian, homemaker

October 04, 2004

Linda Anne Cooke Sorkin, a former librarian, died Friday of complications from congestive heart failure at North Arundel Hospital. The Crofton resident was 65.

Born Linda Anne Cooke in Brooklyn, N.Y., she graduated in 1960 from Pembroke College of Brown University with a degree in classical studies.

A year later, she married Rodney Bruce Sorkin of New York City. The couple resided in California, Ohio and Germany, and moved to Maryland in 1969.

When not at home caring for her two children, Mrs. Sorkin pursued her avid interest in library work.

In the early 1960s, she worked at Ohio State University and later at the Library of Congress, where she was an assistant editor. From 1977 to 1991 and from 1996 to 2002, she worked as a library associate in the Anne Arundel County library system.

While she lived in Germany with her husband, who was in the military, she served as a volunteer in the U.S. Army Library at Bad Aibling Station. She was given an award for her work there.

Mrs. Sorkin was a member for 26 years of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Crownsville, where she served for several years as chairwoman of the Altar Guild.

She enjoyed homemaking, gourmet cooking, gardening, travel, fishing and sailing.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Crownsville.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Ethel Sorkin of Tyaskin.; a son, Dr. Anthony Thomas Sorkin of Belvedere, Ill.; and two grandchildren.

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