Letter to the Editor: Long-loved team members retire from Parkhurst, leave lasting legacy

LEE DORTMUND
PARKHURST DINING GENERAL MANAGER

JUDY FRIEND – Late Night Checker – Antonian Hall 

Since 2012, Judy Friend has been a familiar face at the checker’s desk during the Late-Night shift in Antonian Hall. She has taken great pride in learning as many Franciscan students’ names as she can and considers all Franciscan students “her family.” “Welcome to Late Night” became Judy’s tagline that Franciscan students waited to hear!

Seeing Judy at LateNight was a highlight of many students’ days. She was there to provide a warm, welcoming smile, swipe your ID card and say a quick “Love ya!” 

Due to ongoing healthrelated concerns, Judy has unfortunately made the tough decision to retire from her position with Parkhurst Dining. When I spoke with her on the phone and told her I wanted to write a short article for the Troubadour, she told me, “Please make sure you tell all of the students that I love and miss them terribly.” Heartfelt words from a lady that truly enjoyed coming to work every day and seeing her “kids.” 

Parkhurst Dining will collect “memories” (cards, wellwishes, notes, etc.) until Friday, Sept. 27 and deliver them to Judy. Please feel free to drop your memories off in the “JUDY” box at the checker’s desk in Antonian. Email memories may be sent to Lee Dortmund at: ldortmund@parkhurstdining.com.  

LINDA PRY – AM Cashier – The Pub 

Linda joined the dining services team in July of 2006. She has been a valued team member of Parkhurst Dining since July of 2015. Linda’s quick wit and contagious sense of humor have helped her along her journey over the past 13 years in her role of cashier at the Pub. Franciscan students have enjoyed seeing Linda and receiving tidbits of advice over the years, waiting for a quick joke, and have lovingly referred to her as Mother to all.” 

Linda always arrived hours early to work each and every day to ensure she got a parking spot, and she spent her early morning hours waiting for her shift to begin by reading. 

Linda has made the tough decision to retire from her position with Parkhurst Dining as she has faced various healthrelated concerns. Linda may not be at the cashier station in the Pub any longer, but her years of dedicated service to the Franciscan community, coupled with lasting memories, will put smiles on the faces of those that shared her journey. Linda has impacted many lives over the years and will be missed by all! 

Parkhurst Dining will collect “memories” (cards, wellwishes, notes, etc.) until Friday, Sept. 27 and deliver them to Linda. Please feel free to drop your memories off in the “LINDA” box at Cupertino’s Cafe. Email memories may be sent to Lee Dortmund at: ldortmund@parkhurstdining.com. 

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