Linda Deitch recognised for 40 years of service

Let’s step back in time. The year was 1978. Malcolm Fraser was the Prime Minister of Australia. The musical Grease topped the cinema box office. Smallpox was eradicated. 

In 1978, an incredible woman — Linda Deitch — started a new job at the University of Wollongong (UOW). It was the beginning of a career journey that has spanned four decades.

Linda Deitch, Technical Services Manager at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), began her UOW career as a Technical Officer in the Department of Biology in 1978. It was a carefree era and Linda was renowned for bringing her blue heeler Granite to work. Granite was responsible for guarding the animal house.

She has seen major transformations at UOW during her remarkable career.

“When I first came to this university it was rather like a large high school,” said Linda. “Everybody knew each other and it was not unusual for people to be mixing and socialising with people from science, engineering and arts faculties. It was a lot of fun.”

During her time at UOW she has worked in eight different buildings across campus but says her most satisfying role has been working at IHMRI.

“We get commended all the time about how well the labs operate, from researchers all over the world,” Linda said. “They say, ‘this is the best place we’ve ever worked in’, and I can honestly say it’s the best place I’ve ever worked.”

Before starting at UOW she worked in laboratories in Sydney and managed a wildlife refuge at Foxground on the New South Wales south coast. Linda is a woman of many talents and interests. In addition to her qualifications in biology, she has also studied history, management and WHS at tertiary level. 

Linda was honoured at a special dinner on 20 September to recognise her 40 years of service to UOW, along with Lorraine Denney, Manager of UOW’s Professional & Organisational Development Services.

The dinner was hosted by UOW’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Paul Wellings CBE and attended by IHMRI’s Executive Director and CEO, Distinguished Professor David J. Adams, and Chief Operating Officer, Kara Lamond. 

Linda will officially retire early in 2020 and is looking forward to new adventures. In the meantime, IHMRI researchers in building 32 better keep their labs clean!!

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Media contact

Louise Negline, Communications Coordinator

t: 4221 4702

m: 0417 044 867

e: louisenegline@ihmri.org.au

Top photo: Linda Deitch. Photo by Sean Maguire.

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