Carolyn Mack Lindahl Was born on May 6, 1943 in Riverside, California. Her father was in the U.S. Forest Service and her family moved many times, often visiting her beloved grandparents in Corona, California. In 1961, they moved to Annandale, Virginia, and she entered George Washington University. She joined the Chi Omega Sorority and soon became its president. While in that position she soon became a nationally known figure in the Civil Rights movement when she championed the pledging of some black female candidates into the sorority. As a Southern sorority, this met with stiff opposition from the “Old Guard” officials, but she ultimately succeeded in having them admitted.
After graduation from GWU, she became a Spanish teacher at Annandale High School and became a popular teacher with her students and an esteemed colleague with her fellow teachers. Many of her students still communicated with her until her death. After ten years of teaching, she left the high school to begin a family after marrying David Lindahl in 1970. They had Kristin in 1975 and Derek in 1978. Late in 1978, she started her real estate career with Townside Partners in Burke, Virginia. Later, she joined ERA Van Metre and became the manager of the Clifton office. She later left to become the principal broker of ERA Van Metre. When it was acquired by Avery-Hess, she moved to the Springfield office where she was active until her death on May 23, 2020. She was a perennial top producer and member of the Million Dollar Sales Club for many years. She mentored many agents and was highly regarded as one of the most competent and most ethical agents around.
She loved to travel with her children and her husband, David, who served as a Cabinet Officer under two Presidents. They loved to hunt for RS Prussia and Royal Bayreuth china. They went on many adventures including the Baltic, Iceland, Norway, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, four cruises to Alaska, a Trans-Atlantic crossing through the Canary Islands, and a Fall foliage cruise to Canada. They drove to Maine many times and visited relatives in Indiana and California. She was a great supporter and confidant of her husband throughout his career and helped him immensely after he retired and went into the antiques business. Carolyn was elated when, in 2017, she became a grandmother for the first time when Jacob “Bean” Lindahl was born in Sacramento.
Everyone who knew her liked her and respected her. She was always willing to help her agents, looked out for her clients, and never had a bad word for anyone. Carolyn stayed in touch with many of her clients over the years and was proud to call them friends. She was a remarkable woman and lived life to the fullest. She had many friends who will miss her greatly. Her family has lost a wonderful mother and wife, and the world has lost an amazing woman. She battled serious illness for many years, but she continued to work through it with little complaint. It took a lot a courage to do what she did, and she was widely respected for her accomplishments. She loved her life in Fairfax Station and will be interred there to be among the birds and forest creatures that she cherished. She will be missed by her family and by many people who she was happy to call “friends.” She lived a great life and, at the very end when asked: “If you had it to do over again, would you choose the same life?” She answered: “Absolutely!” Well done, Carolyn, well done!