Linda Mae Ahuna-Hamill, age 57, of Fort Collins, passed away on Friday, May 22, while undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora. As a California native and long-time resident of Fort Collins, Linda obtained her Ph.D. in sociology from Colorado State University and enjoyed working for more than 30 years with that same institution. She began her career by creating and administering the advocacy office that became known as the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center and made her final contributions as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.
Her love of life, sense of humor, intelligence and compassion created a very large community of friends and family. Those that Linda left behind include her husband, Albert Ahuna-Hamill; daughter Kylia Ayame Ahuna; stepdaughter, Laura; stepson, Thomas; mother Ayame Ahuna; sisters Carol and Patti, and; brothers James and Kevin. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other individuals who were privileged to know Linda’s strength and grace.
To celebrate Linda’s life, a special program will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Colorado State University North Ballroom in the Lory Student Center. A reception will follow from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Cherokee Park Room, also in the Lory Student Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kylia’s college fund or the Colorado State University Foundation. To donate to Kylia’s college fund, send checks made out to Carol Ahuna to the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, Coloraod State University, 333 Lory Student Center, Fort Collins, CO 80523-8018, with a note that they are for Kylia Ahuna College Fund. Donations to the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center may be made through Colorado State University Foundation at https://advancing.colostate.edu/APACC.