Posted by: platmap | October 11, 2007

Melissa McClure Lindholm


Melissa McClure Lindholm
May 12, 1966 – September 17, 2007

Melissa McClure Lindholm, 41, of Asheville, NC, died at her home on September 17th, 2007 following a 13 month struggle with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.

She is survived by her husband, James Robert Atkinson; two sons, William Sharpe Lindholm Atkinson, 6, and Harrison McClure Lindholm Atkinson, 3; step-daughter, Hannah Rebecca Cameron-Atkinson, 12, of Quincy, IL, her mother and step-father, Susan Lewis and William Robert Winslow of Mt. Pleasant, SC, her father and step-mother, Robert and Joyce Lindholm of Lindsborg, KS, her sister, Christina Lindholm Oxford, also of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and her grandmother, Dorothy Sharpe Lewis, of Charleston, SC.

She was a 1983 American Field Service exchange student to Istanbul, Turkey, and a 1984 graduate of Jefferson City (MO) Senior High School. She earned a BS in Biology from Bryn Mawr College in 1988, an MS in Neurobiology and an MAT in Secondary Education from Cornell University in 1991, and an AA in Metalsmithing from Haywood Community College in 1997.

She taught Biology and Science at North Buncombe County (NC) High School, and for several years was a Science Educator and Summer Camp Director at The Health Adventure in Asheville, NC.

Services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, NC on Saturday October 20th, 2007 at 2pm. A reception will follow at the church. All are welcome to attend.

Donations of cash or appreciated securities are suggested to:

Traditions Acupuncture Clinic
c/o M. Cissy Majebe
382 Montford Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 258-9016

Bryn Mawr College
101 North Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
The Health Adventure
c/o The Melissa Lindholm Scholarship Fund
PO Box 180
Asheville, NC 28802
(828) 254-6373

The Mountain Retreat and Learning Centers
3872 Dillard Road
P.O. Box 1299
Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-5838, ext 230



  1. Found this post via google. I’m very sorry to find out, and am very sorry for your loss. We were friends at Cornell. May I share this link on Facebook? I’m in contact with many of her contemporaries from Cornell there. I understand if you prefer I do not.

  2. Just heard of this sad news from my friend Sat. Melissa was my favorite fellow graduate student at Cornell’s Neurobiology and Behavior program. Sorry for this late note and for your loss. God bless Melissa and her family.

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