Linda S. Breuer '69 (2005)

Linda Breuer graduated from North Shore Country Day School in 1969 and is a North Shore "lifer." She attended Bennington and Goddard colleges where she studied art and preschool education. Linda pursued her artistic abilities as a painter, and then moved into the field of preschool education using art to work with abused children. In 1977 her career path shifted when she took on a new role in her family's industrial vacuum-cleaner business. She learned the business from the ground up, starting in the factory and eventually working her way up to become president of the company. Ultimately, Linda purchased the business and turned it around despite the skepticism of those who felt she lacked a business background.
Linda Breuer graduated from North Shore Country Day School in 1969 and is a North Shore "lifer." She attended Bennington and Goddard colleges where she studied art and preschool education. Linda pursued her artistic abilities as a painter, and then moved into the field of preschool education using art to work with abused children. In 1977 her career path shifted when she took on a new role in her family's industrial vacuum-cleaner business. She learned the business from the ground up, starting in the factory and eventually working her way up to become president of the company. Ultimately, Linda purchased the business and turned it around despite the skepticism of those who felt she lacked a business background.

While Linda enjoyed her success in business, she discovered her true passion in volunteering to rehabilitate injured and orphaned birds. Having realized her goals in the corporate world, she sold her business to her employees, and in 1998 founded Barnswallow, A Wild Bird Concern. As Director of Barnswallow, Linda works to rehabilitate injured and orphaned raptors including owls, hawks and falcons, with an ultimate goal of restoring them to their freedom in the wild. In addition, Barnswallow strives to educate the public about birds, their importance in nature and in the world.

Linda is a licensed wild-bird rehabilitator who maintains a comprehensive clinic and educational center attached to her 200-year-old farmhouse bordering a forest preserve in Lake County, Illinois. Barnswallow is a private facility that is state and federally licensed but entirely supported by private donations. Linda is a member of the International and National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and works closely with local, state and federal wildlife agencies. Her clinic averages treatment of over 150 wild birds and has available medicine, equipment, cages and food to care for injured and orphaned birds. Linda is one of only a few bird rehabilitators in Lake County, let alone the state. She has developed a solid reputation among her peers, which has led to her recognition as an important and knowledgeable resource and professional. In addition to caring for and tracking her own birds, she receives emergency calls in the middle of the night and always rushes to aid in any way she can. Her selfless dedication is a remarkable example to all. Although her commitment is to return wild birds to their natural environment, there are many birds unable to return to the wild. Some of these birds are a part of the educational presentations she provides to schools, clubs, environmental groups and businesses. North Shore Country Day School has had the benefit of her educational programs through Morning Ex and through her ongoing contact with North Shore second graders who study birds and visit her facility each year.

Linda has credited North Shore with fostering the creativity, independence of thought and spirit of civic service which has forged her life's work. "North Shore allowed me to believe in my vision and to indeed, "Live and Serve." I learned there is nothing you can't do." Linda's accomplishments in the areas of rehabilitation, advocacy, and education on bird wildlife and the environment are living examples of the School's motto.

North Shore Country Day School proudly presents the 2005 Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition to Linda S. Breuer, Class of 1969.

Presented September 30, 2005
Bruce Jarchow '66, President, Alumni Board
North Shore Country Day School
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