Linda Havlin

Linda Jean Havlin

Sunday, June 18th, 1950 - Thursday, May 9th, 2019
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Linda Jean Havlin passed away on May 9, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. Her death was the result of severe injuries sustained from being struck by a car when out walking her beloved cavalier, Louie, on a beautiful spring day. Her final hours were spent in the presence of her greatest achievement and love of her life, her son Todd W. Boulis, as well as being comforted throughout by a number of caring friends and her former husband of 34 years, Paul Boulis.

Linda was born to John and Rita (Sullivan) Havlin of Wellesley, Massachusetts on June 18, 1950. She graduated from Wellesley High School in 1968 and then attended Manhattanville College before transferring to Colgate University. She was one of the first 50 women graduates in the Colgate class of 1972. She was a graduate of the Harvard University School of Public Health Executive Program in Health Policy in 1981 and received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1984.

Linda began her career with the Harvard Community Health Plan, and then joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts working on health reform, public policy and HMO development. She moved to Chicago in 1978 to become the first female Chief of Staff to the President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and went on to lead the organization’s Strategy and Planning Division. She joined Hewitt Associates, a worldwide employee benefits consulting firm, in 1985, ultimately becoming a partner and continued until 1997. She then joined William Mercer from 1997-2010. As a Worldwide Partner at Mercer, Linda led the Midwest Health and Benefits Practice, was a member of the global leadership team, head of global research and specialty practices, and the U.S. leader for health reform. She retired from Mercer in 2010 as the National Consulting and Intellectual Capital Leader.

Linda held many positions with non-profit organizations. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Writers Theater in Glencoe, Illinois from 2008-2013. She was a member of UNICEF’s Midwest Regional Board from 2014-2017, serving on their gala committee and Chicago Humanitarian Awards committee. She served on the Board of PAWS Chicago and as a volunteer, reflecting her love of pets. She was a founding member of Impact Grants Chicago, a women’s philanthropic organization that gives transformative grants to Chicago based non profit organizations and where Linda held a leadership position, chairing a grant review committee. To date, Impact Grants has donated over $2.5 million. Linda served as the assistant manager for the North Shore Exchange’s Michigan Avenue non-profit luxury consignment store where 100% of the profits are donated to Chicago area charities . Since its inception they have provided over $1.5 million in grants to human services for children and women below the poverty line. Additionally, she volunteered at The Art Institute of Chicago as a docent.

Linda was a very proud graduate of Colgate University, and was honored when her son chose to attend there, where he played on the lacrosse team for four years, graduating in 2010. Linda took immense joy in participating in CULTA, the Colgate University Lacrosse Tailgate Association, which reigned at all home and away games; she published their first cookbook which the Colgate “lax” families continue to use. She was an active member of the Alumnae Leadership Council at Colgate from 2007-2011, and served on the Steering Committee of the Society of Families. She received a Maroon Citation in recognition of her outstanding volunteer service. Linda was honored to be chosen as a Trustee for the University and served in that capacity from 2011-2017.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents Rita and John Havlin. She is survived by her beloved and cherished son Todd W. Boulis of Los Angeles, her sister Ann Macfarland of Dataw Island, SC and her nieces Kristen Kirkland of Van Alstyne, TX and Sarah Travers of Mystic, CN.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in her name to either PAWS Chicago or Impact Grants Chicago.

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Memorial Service Monday, June 3, 4 p.m., at Fourth Presbyterian Church, North Michigan Avenue at East Delaware Place, Chicago. Please visit LINDA HAVLIN BOOK OF MEMORIES,, to express your thoughts or memories in the online guest book and where service information will be updated. Arrangements by CENTRAL CHAPEL-Chicago, Robert J. Moynihan & Co., 773-581-9000 or 312-944-6060.
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  • Service

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 4:00pm
    Fourth Presbyterian Church
    Michigan Avenue at Delaware Place
    CHICAGO, IL 60611
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    Church entrance: North Michigan Avenue at East Delaware Place. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in her name to either PAWS Chicago or Impact Grants Chicago.!form/Donations
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Private Condolence

Cynthia Seibold

Posted at 10:24pm
Dear Paul and Todd, I was so very saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. She was one of the first people I met at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. She was such an extraordinary person and I will treasure and honor her memory always. My deepest sympathy to you and all who loved her.
Cynthia Seibold

Tessa Zevallos

Posted at 01:23pm
On behalf of Umoja Student Development Corporation - we are so grateful for Linda's kindness and generosity to Umoja's Restorative Justice Program through her work with Impact Grants Chicago. She brought 19 passionate women out to visit one of our Peace Rooms this spring to meet with our staff and students. It meant so much to our staff that Linda and her team valued and championed the work Umoja is doing to promote Peace and Restorative Justice in Chicago schools. Our sincerest condolences.

pearl chua

Posted at 08:26pm
Pearl Chua
posted may 20 2019 at 7.19pm
I have only met Linda briefly , along the corridors of the building and in the elevators. But I could tell by looking at her and chatting with her that she was a very gentle and very nice lady .Tod and Paul our deepest condolences.

Laura Sandstrom

Posted at 08:36pm
Linda was a great partner, and mentor and I was privileged to work with her for many years. She was a natural leader and great consultant with a big heart. She was always sharing her perspective and experience while listening and encouraging new ideas. It is so sad to have her gone so soon, she will be missed. My deepest condolences for her family.

Marie Zajac

Posted at 12:48pm
Hello Paul and Todd—Kevin and I offer our sincerest condolences, prayers and support during this most difficult time. Although Kevin and I only met Linda a few times at BCBSIL events we knew how incredible she was. Linda was so gracious and memory in particular was at a New Mexico BlueMax event. Several of us decided to ride the rapids and a few of us were tentative but Linda was ready and willing and coaxed us onward. I remembered this lovely, petite woman taking the time to make others feel okay about trying something new and different and admittedly a little scary. Also at a prior San Diego event we were graced with her presence at our assigned awards dinner table. Oh how engaging she and you, Paul were. Quite a career highlight for me. Todd , I met you a few times when you were growing up, pre high school—your Mom was always so proud of you—her early and unfortunate passing is especially painful as there’s absolutely no one we love and honor more than one’s own Mom. Yes, Moms are just that special to us no matter our age! We wish for you and all of the family comfort in memories. May you hold her forever dearly in your hearts.
Sincerely, Kevin Carroll and Marie Zajac

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