Chancellor, Lord Lieutenant, Mayor and Mayoress of Charnwood, Graduands, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Pam Cooke began employment with the
University in September 1973 as a bedroom cleaner in the Holt Hall. After
a spell at Rutland Hall she was appointed as Housekeeper to the late Elfyn
Richards at University House, which at that time was the official residence
of the Vice-Chancellor.
Since then until she retired in September
last year, Pam was responsible for all entertaining within University
House. This has involved serving royalty including Her Majesty the Queen,
as well as business leaders, civic dignitaries, senior University officers,
visiting Professors, overseas visitors and members of the academic community.
Pam has given long and faithful service
to the University as a loyal member of staff in the Residential Organisation
over 27 years. She has always carried out her duties most diligently and
with a delightful sense of humour which has enabled her to remain unruffled
at all times, to make light of difficult situations, and to manage the
most demanding of programmes.
Therefore Chancellor, I present to you and to the whole University, Pam Cooke, for the award of the Loughborough University Medal.
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