Linda S. Chubb, 79, the first woman to be elected deputy mayor of Colon, Panama, and a retired secretary at Mackin High School here, died Tuesday at George Washington University Hospital following a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mrs. Chubb was born in Colon and retained her Panamanian citizenship for the rest of her life. She was educated in Panama, the British West Indies and in France. In 1923, she was elected president of the First Feminist Congress in Panama, and remained active in the cause of women's rights.

For 20 years, beginning in the 1920s, she was a secretary and archivist for the British Embassy in Panama. She was a certified translator in Spanish, French and English.

She was elected deputy mayor of Colon in 1948, the first year in which women were permitted to run for the office. During her four-year term, she served twice as mayor of the city when the holder of that office was absent.

She came to the United States in 1953 after the death of her husband, Dr. Anderson Chubb, a physician in Panama. She lived briefly in Denver, Colo., and then moved to Washington the next year. For 12 years, until about 1970, she was a secretary at Mackin High School.

She was active in senior citizen affairs, and in 1974, Mayor Walter E. Washington gave her a certificate of appreciation for her work with the Chevy Chase Senior Citizens Club.

In 1948, she received a medal from the Lions Club for a history she wrote of the city Colon. It was presented to her by former Panamanian President Henrique Jimenez.

Mrs. Chubb's survivors include a daughter, Maria Cambareri, of Washington, a brother, Dr. Carlos Smart, of Colon, and one grandchild.