Linda J. Stewart, a T. Rowe Price senior administrative assistant who was an accomplished musician, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at her Harper House home in Cross Keys. She was 59.
“She had only been sick with pancreatic cancer for 10 days before she died. It went that fast,” said a sister, Sharon Stewart of Jackson, Mich.
The daughter of Frank M. Stewart, a mechanical engineer at Aberdeen Proving Ground, and Helen M. Stewart, a registered nurse-educator, Linda Joy Stewart was born in Havre de Grace and raised in Forest Hill.
She was a 1976 graduate of Bel Air High School and was a 1981 double-major graduate of the Philadelphia College of the Bible. She later earned two master’s degrees, one in organizational development and the other in human resources, from the Johns Hopkins University.
She worked as a budget analyst from 1984 to 1988 for Lockheed Martin, and in the late 1980s traveled to China, where she taught English.
Ms. Stewart had to be smuggled out of the country after the Tiananmen Square demonstrations, family members said.
From 1991 to 1993, she was an administrative manager in clinical research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and from 1993 to 2000, she was assistant director of administration in the senior graduate division of education.
Ms. Stewart was executive secretary in corporate strategy for the Constellation Energy Group from 2000 to 2013. For the last four years, she was senior administrative assistant in T. Rowe Price’s equity division.
“She was still working 10 days before her death and had ridden her bicycle 30 miles two weeks before she died,” her sister said.
Ms. Stewart, who was an accomplished musician, played piano, organ and cello, and had performed with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and sung in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra chorus.
She also played organ at several Baltimore-area churches, her sister said.
In addition to being a bicyclist, she was a cat lover and a world traveler.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Radisson at Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road, Baltimore.
In addition to her sister, she is survived by a brother, Andrew Stewart of Glen Rock, Pa.; two other sisters, Lois Cowles of New Market and Karen Gauss of Forest Hill; and nine nieces and nephews.