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Linda M. Crocker

January 27, 1944 — January 4, 2024



Linda M. Crocker 

Pickens, SC 


Linda Mitchell Crocker, 79, wife of Timothy Crocker, went to be with the Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 4, 2024 

Born in Columbus, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late John and Bernice Cochenour Mitchell.   She is an alum of the University of Ohio for her undergraduate degree and Michigan State University for her PhD. 

 Linda loved all kinds of animals, especially her dogs and fish she had over the years, and she enjoyed watching an identifying birds of all kinds.    She was an avid reader, and appreciated a variety of music types, in addition to playing the piano and the guitar. She loved being out on the water fishing and birdwatching in the Gulf of Mexico near Horseshoe Beach, FL and later playing with her dogs on the beach in St. Augustine Beach, FL 

Linda was a long term, dedicated employee of the University of Florida, serving in a variety of capacities including Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Education, a graduate teaching professor of Test Measurement and Theory, mentoring many graduate research students, performing research and issuing publications, including as co-author of the well-respected graduate text book “Introduction of Classical and Modern Test Theory” by Crocker and Algina.   (This book led to informal title as “Goddess of Measurement” later in life, which Linda found to be humorous on multiple levels).    Later in her career and beyond the University of Florida, she continued to contribute to the field of test measurement by serving as a consultant on various Boards and with testing entities such as the GRE.  She also served as the President of the National Council of Measurement and Education from 2002-2003. 

In addition to her loving husband of 53 years, Tim, Linda is survived by her daughter Anne Elizabeth “Beth” Crocker of Seneca, SC and her son John Timothy Crocker of Atlanta, GA, as well as an extended family, which included many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews that she enjoyed spending time with.  Linda had a great wit and sense of humor and enjoyed sharing it with family and close friends. 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at Pickens Presbyterian Church, 311 W. Main St., Pickens, SC 29671. 

Please visit or Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory – Downtown Easley for more information. 

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made or shared with your choice of the following groups that Linda supported:   Pickens Presbyterian Church or the Ohio University or the Nature Conservancy or National Public Radio (NPR) or the Humane Society. 

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Pickens Presbyterian Church Cemetery

311 W Main St, Pickens, SC 29671

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