Long-time Fermilab employee Linda Christiansen died on Nov. 20 after a battle with cancer.
“Linda joined the laboratory in 1989, and we worked together for more than 20 years,” Boyrs Jurkiw, human resources services manager, said. “No job was too small or too challenging for her. She was dedicated to making things work and making them work right, the first time.”
Christiansen was the lead human resources system and records analyst. She maintained an extensive database of all Fermilab employees, among other duties.
“Linda knew all of the employees,” Christine Johnson, an administrative associate, said. “She was very dedicated to her job and conscientious.”
Laurie Pederson, a human recourse information system associate, remembers her first days at the laboratory, with Christiansen as her supervisor.
“Linda was the best boss. She was patient, understanding and incredibly knowledgeable,” Pederson said. “She was unforgettable.”
Christiansen’s work was not only thorough, but also quickly completed.
“If you needed a report in a week, she would get it to you the next day,” Barb Brooks, the deputy head of human resources, said. “I’ll miss her ‘can-do’ attitude and her willingness to help with our Section get-togethers.”