Lynn Levin Cantini, 64, of Galveston passed away January 14, 2011 at UTMB.
A beautiful spirit, a kind hearted person, a woman who valued close personal friendships, and someone who had a keen sense of fairness toward all, has passed from this earth. Lynn Cantini had a heart as big as the Island she loved, and in her humble, unassuming way was truly an inspiration to those who knew her. To her credit, she never quite believed that to be true.
Lynn and her beloved husband Armin shared an extraordinary life for 26 years. Lynn shared Armin’s real sense of adventure and enjoyed traveling the globe. While exhibiting a grand adventurous spirit, she also enjoyed nothing more than curling up on her own couch surrounded by close friends. The performing and visual arts were among her many passions and she loved and appreciated the creative spirit.
Lynn was born in Galveston, Texas on February 10, 1946 and was a 1964 graduate of Ball High School. She attended Stephen’s College, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned a Masters Degree from the University of Houston. She spent time as an educator, both as a classroom teacher, and then as a speech pathologist and later as an educational diagnostician. When she returned home to Galveston after living in Houston for 14 years, she directed the education program for the Galveston Historical Foundation.
In addition to Armin she is survived by her father Dr. William C. Levin, long-time faculty member and UTMB’s second president; sister Gerry Lee Hornstein and her husband Gene; niece Susan Hornstein; nephew Bill Hornstein, his wife Kelley and great niece Rebecca Hornstein; her brother-in-law Stephen Cantini; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Cathy and Jim Thornton and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her mother, Edna Seinsheimer Levin.
As a fourth generation Galvestonian, Lynn carried on the tradition of her family’s civic and social involvement on the Island. Lynn was an active volunteer for the Galveston Historical Foundation, The Grand 1894 Opera House, the American Cancer Society, and Temple B’Nai Israel following in the footsteps of her paternal grandmother Jeanette Lipson. She enjoyed the revival of Mardi Gras and worked tirelessly in the formative years of the Knights of Momus.
Lynn had been part of the University of Texas Medical Branch family since childhood. With her husband Armin, Lynn was a dedicated member of the President’s Cabinet. She served a distinguished four-year term on the School of Health Professions’ Advisory Council from 1999 to 2003. She was a significant philanthropic force behind the creation of the Edna S. LevinProfessorship in Cancer Studies and the Lynn Levin Cantini Professorship in Rheumatology.
Lynn was the third recipient of the Galveston Historical Foundation’s Steel Oleander Award recognizing her for her outstanding community service. In addition she was awarded The Grand Opera House Leonora Kempner Thompson Community Enrichment Award, along with her husband, sister and brother-in-law.
Lynn will be greatly missed by her loving family, many dear friends, and scores of others who will cherish her memory. Memorials may be sent to The Endowment Fund of Temple B’Nai Israel, 3008 Avenue O, Galveston, Texas 77550; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston, Texas 77550; The Galveston Historical Foundation, 502 20th Street or the charity of your choice.