CLEVELAND – Margaret Linton-Lanier passed away peacefully in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.
She had a high-profile and deeply impactful life and career in business, community service and the media. She attended public schools in Ohio, New Jersey and Camden, S.C., where she graduated high school. She attended Youngstown State University and studied real estate, counseling and broadcast journalism.
Mrs. Linton hosted the public service television program “One Woman’s World” on WYTV in the 1960s and 70s. She also served as publisher and editor of the Buckeye Review for nearly a decade.
Her public service work was well-appreciated and much needed, as she was a trailblazer for African Americans in the media. She founded the Black Broadcasters Coalition which helped launch the careers of several prominent journalists in the Youngstown media market. Even well into her 80s, she continued her weekly column, “One Woman’s World” in the Buckeye Review. In 2001, she was inducted into the Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in Akron.
Mrs. Linton was a licensed funeral director (Linton Funeral Service) and founder of the Ohio Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club and served on local, state and national real estate and funeral director boards. She was appointed by Governor Celeste to the Mahoning County Mental Health Board and was an advocate and instructor for blind children.
She was a founding member of the Youngstown Area Urban League, and the first woman to serve as president of the McGuffey Center. Her public service seemed endless, serving and advocating for women, on the League of Women Voters, for minorities, for the physically challenged, and on the Youngstown Council for the Blind.
She was a recipient of numerous awards, including B’nai B'rith Woman of the Year for outstanding achievement in the field of Human Relations, was a life member of the NAACP and was a member of the Union Baptist Church.
Mrs. Margaret Linton-Lanier is survived by her son, Gary Linton of Cleveland; her brother, Walter Reynolds of Silver Spring, Md.; three grandchildren, Nalene Linton of Columbus, Ohio, Natalie Jones of Dallas and Jason Linton of Cleveland; five great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and supporters.
Preceding her in death were her first husband, Amos Linton; her second husband, Joel Lanier; her brothers, Ensco, Doland, James and Clifford; and sisters Geneva, Lute, Edith and Cleaver.
A private service was held by the immediate family.
Tributes can be sent in the form of donations in memory of Mrs. Linton to the Buckeye Review, P.O. Box 287, Youngstown, OH 44501.
Arrangements were handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home in Youngstown.http://www.vindy.com/news/tributes/2012/sep/16/margaret-lint...