Four people with a collective 170 years of experience working at Caltech won honors from their peers earlier this month at a ceremony at Beckman Auditorium.
The recipients of the Staff Service awards on June 7 included Eloise Kennedy, who began as a secretary at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is overseen by Caltech, in 1966. She manages the budget for the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, which supports Caltech astronomy research and includes the Spitzer Science Center, the NASA Herschel Science Center and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute.
Mike Walsh was the first and remains the only supervisor of the Division of Biology’s electronics shop, which launched more than 30 years ago.
Pat Koen started decades ago as an electron-microscope technician and has assisted professors in their research, shown countless students how to use the microscopes and overseen upgrades to the instruments on campus.
In 1972, Jean Grinols began working at Caltech as a secretary in 1972 and later became the first woman to serve as administrator of the division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. Today she is administrator of the provost’s office.
-- Bill Kisliuk, Times Community News