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Linda Marie STANGOHR

Female 1950 - 2006  (55 years)


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  • Name Linda Marie STANGOHR 
    Born 12 Oct 1950 
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Jun 2006 
    Buried 13 Jun 2006  National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Fairfax, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Linda M. Park
      7029 Leestone St.
      Springfield, VA 22151
      (703) 750-9428

      From the National Association of Railroad Passengers: NARP News, Issue 10, Vol. 40, October-November 2006:
      "In Memory: Linda Stangohr Park Verdi

      Top management, board members, and legislators with different ideas about passenger rail come and go. In this shifting environment, Amtrak functions as smoothly as it does due in no small part to the hard work of a cadre of faithful, long-serving, mid-level managers. One such employee, 33-year veteran Linda Park Verdi, died unexpectedly on June 8.
      She was a wonderful, energetic person who cared deeply about making the passenger experience the best it could be, and also about acquainting young people with passenger rail. Her work touched countless train riders who have not heard of her. She won three Amtrak President's Awards.
      She instigated Amtrak's partnership with Student Advantage, whose members stil enjoy a 15% discount on most Amtrak rail fares.
      As I wrote on the NARP blog in June, Linda was deeply involved in joint marketing efforts with VIA Rail Canada. She went to Montreal many times to meet with VIA and develop new programs. The most signifcant outcome was the North America Trail Pass which gives passengers unlimited travel on both Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada for a 30-day period.
      Earlier, she managed the marketing for the start-up of the Amtrak Auto Train, which was October 30, 1983. (The private Auto Train Corporation ran the service until May 1, 1981.)
      She was also involved in upgrading the Superliner trains, including movies and on board guides.
      From the mid-1900s until April, 2002, she oversaw the annual improvement of Amtrak's Travel Planner. Now called Amtrak America, the booklet provides extensive information about traveling on Amtrak, including accommodations and routes. She initiated a joint marketing effort involving publication of Thomas the Tank Engine books with extra, outer pages promoting Amtrak to kids.
      She also put together Amtrak's sponsorship program with NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace that included Amtrak's logo on his racesuit, and developed Amtrak merchandise items sold to consumers including both brands. There was a photo shoot with Rusty and his race car being loaded onto an Auto Train car carrier. Linda developed the slogan, "Take Amtrak to the Track." Many happy fans did just that.
      In recent years, she worked on Amtrak timetables. One of former CEO David Gunn's more visible and widely applauded decisions to was reinstate Amtrak's national timetable, so it was certainly good to have Linda involved in seeing that the product met high standards. She also visited the NARP office on a few occasions to get our thoughts about how the timetable could be improved; some of the additional local transit information is one result of those conversations.
      One of her last non-timetable projects is about to come to fruition. She did much of the initial development work on a joint Amtrak/Marvel Comics educational and entertaining program for second through sixth grade students--"edutainment," she called it...
      It is hard to imagine Amtrak without Linda, but she would want all of us--inside and outside the company--to keep working for a great national rail passenger service for the U.S.--Ross B. Capon"
    Person ID I779  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2017 

    Father Gordon Roy Lloyd STANGOHR 
    Mother Lois Lorraine TIBBEN 
    Family ID F407  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Steven Alexander PARK 
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Frederick James VERDI 
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F13835  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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