Diane Gilbert Passes
Diane Gilbert, an administrative aide at Facilities Management, died unexpectedly earlier this month. She was 53 and had been employed at Michigan Tech since 1994.
Over the years, Gilbert worked in McNair Hall, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Computer Science, and, since 1996, Facilities Management.
"She was a fine person and an excellent employee," said John Rovano, director of Facilities.
He added that she was soft-spoken in nature but sure-handed in work. "She was cooperative, learned quickly and was always willing to take on new responsibilities."
In part, Gilbert served as bookkeeper but in practice did accounting work for the department. She also was the unit's safety officer, addressing training and health-related matters as they pertained to safety. In doing this work, she worked with staff and students. As well, she edited Facilities News, the unit's periodic newsletter.
A former colleague, Kelly McLean of GMES, recalled that Gilbert was somebody who was proud and grateful to have a good job at Michigan Tech. "She was a very nice person and wanted to have a simple life," McLean recalled. That included "an appreciation for nature and a love of animals"--Gilbert had a passel of cats and dogs throughout the years.
Sue Sergey, a coworker, added, "She was quiet and kept to herself." Sergey said that Gilbert was a "fashionista" who prided herself on putting together work outfits from second-hand stores. "Her way of recycling," Sergey said. "She looked great and saved a lot of money."
She also fashioned a good reputation and "will definitely be missed," Rovano said.
Gilbert lived in Kearsarge with her husband Larry.