Thursday, December 01, 2005

Olga Franks is retiring this Christmas

Olga Franks has decided to take early retirement and will be finishing her employment with us at Christmas.

Olga has over 20 years of working in DAI and AIAI, then Informatics. She first worked at Forrest Hill, I understand, but I know her from the many years she spent at 80 South Bridge building up and maintaining the AI Library, amalgamating the books from Hope Park Square and Forrest Hill in the process. This was a major resource of DAI and became world renowned, often being cited as one of the reasons students wished to study there. The South Bridge fire was a huge shock to a number of us but especially to Olga who suffered more than most in that she saw many years of hard work go up in flames. She played a significant part in the publicity and appeals on behalf of the School in the immediate aftermath of the fire.

If you wish to contribute towards a retiral collection, Lena McDougal (Room 4.02, AT) will be collecting for Olga from today onwards. Collections will also be made at JCMB, BP and FH and consolidated here. A card is available for signature in Lena's office.

An informal retiral presentation will take place on Wednesday 14th December at 11.30am in the 4th floor open area at Appleton Tower.


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