Late Lynda Swanson remembered by students and staff

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English Professor Lynda Swanson unexpectedly passed on Jan. 2 at 67 years old due to a stroke. The Sounds would like to honor her as the light on campus that she was known for. In Issue 7 of The Sounds and website,, is a more in-depth description of Lynda Swanson as a teacher and friend.

Toby Woods, a former student of Swanson’s, submitted an article in her memory describing the great impact she had on his life.

“The Long and the Short of it” is a poem written by Professor Swanson and was submitted by her daughter, Sam Swanson.

The photos on this page are of Lynda Swanson living life to the fullest, enjoying the simple things in life.
South Puget Sound Community College will miss Professor Lynda Swanson, a professor that truly cared about her students and one who embodied the community values that are held so dear on this campus.

Those who would like to share any memories of Lynda Swanson or condolences to her family can write to her page’s Guestbook at

‘The Long and the Short of it’
By Lynda Swanson

Even with love, every day
is too much
(how insurance strangles
the vision!)
We weave patterns
like spider webs
catch ourselves
in them
and make them our living room
Everyday is too much
the song mellows
to a pastel hum
(whereas I
have a bright red voice
and like to sing