LINDA PUTBACK-BEAN - CLASS OF 1972
Linda Putback-Bean majored in physical education at EC and garnered experience in the Occupational Therapy department at OSF Saint Francis (then-St. Francis Hospital).
While working in Houston, she was offered a job at a prosthetics company and soon made history. She successfully fit a myoelectric hand on an infant, countering the prevailing belief that children couldn't learn to use this type of prosthetic device until they were about 10 years old. This meant that hundreds of young children could now be fitted with life-like prostheses instead of hooks.
As a result of this innovation, Putback-Bean was featured in Life Magazine and on many television programs. During her career, she has worked with organizations to help provide prosthetics for children whose families could not afford them, often doing so pro bono.
She is married to Ken Bean, has one daughter, Kelcey, and two grandchildren.