Lynda joined CCFEA in November 2003, following recommendation by Professor Michael Sherer, to whom I'm grateful. It is clear to me that CCFEA would not have achieved so much without Lynda. Following are messages from staff who can't be here today:
Lynda fits into CCFEA's "can-do" mentality. With a limited budget, Lynda managed to do quite a lot for our students.
To many students, studying at CCFEA is an important part in their lives. Lynda has made CCFEA a home to our students away from home. Many students are grateful to Lynda and still keep in touch with her. Ex-PhD students and now CCFEA Visiting Fellows Evi Pliota (HSBC) and Rafael Velasco-Fuentes (Citibank) come specially to this party. Here are some of the messages sent by our students:
Serafin Martinez Jaramillo
PhD 2007 Mexican Central Bank
Lynda has brought us many happy memories. She has organized many parties to introduce English culture to foreign students (Christmas, Easter, afternoon tea). She brought us to Bank of England (and brought some students into St Paul's Cathedral), HSBC (with a boat trip in London). She has organized conferences, including WEHIA 2005 (which Mandelbrot attended) and CCFEA's 10th Anniversary Workshop.
CCFEA moved into CSEE in 2009. Through Lynda, some CSEE colleagues might have discovered the secret behind CCFEA's success. Lynda made CCFEA a family! 80% of CCFEA students turn up to some of our parties a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h...; some students even organized parties1,2 for us!
Our jobs are often demanding and wearing. Luckily, Lynda is *proficient* and *efficient*. Most students and staff are pleasant and patient, but occasionally some can be inflexible, or even unreasonable. Lynda serves them with *calm* and *charm*.
By taking an early retirement -- allow me to emphasize the word *early* -- Lynda is investing her time in family and health -- very wise, as these are the best investments under the economic uncertainty which is ahead of us. Colleagues and students have been very lucky to have Lynda's service. I'm sure all of us will miss her. I am sorry to have to say goodbye to Lynda, but I'm very pleased for her. Lynda, I wish you a very happy *early* retirement!