Linda Flack Celebrates 40 years with the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics

On May 23, 2006, Linda Flack celebrates 40 years with the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Linda joined the School as a secretary in 1966 just after graduating from High School in Morocco, IN. In 1968, she became a secretary for Prof. Cargnino in the scheduling office and has been involved in registration for both undergraduates and graduate students. She was promoted to administrative assistant in 1981 and has the longest tenure of any support staff in the School's history.

Linda has seen many changes during her time with the School. "I think we have a great School and we are just like a family," she said. Linda cites the lows as well as the highs in achievements in the aerospace industry and in space flight. One of the worst days was the day of the Challenger disaster, "we were numb all day as the events unfolded" she said. In 1969, she shared in the celebrations when School of Astronautics & Aeronautics alumni Neil Armstrong, made history along with Buzz Aldrin with the Apollo 11 moon landing. "This is my second home as I have been here since I was 17 years old," she said.

In 2003, as part of the Awards of Excellence, the School of Aeronautics & Astronautics was proud to honor Linda who was presented with the Customer Service Award. Linda is the key member who makes the school’s programs function smoothly. She handles all details of both undergraduate and graduate applications, enrollment, registration, co-op programs, and more, and she is also the primary contact with current students, prospective students and alumni. Linda is pictured here with Professors Emeriti Gus Gustafson and Larry Cargnino at the award ceremony.

Linda’s creativity, dedication, and performance have made her an invaluable resource for all of her 40 years at Purdue. Linda was cited as being "A Credit to the University" and "Has been at the next level for many years"

Congratulations to Linda and her family for her wonderful achievement.