Posted June 11, 2009
Linda Hales is retiring after 28 years of service at Idaho State University. Three years were spent at the College of Education and the last 25 at the College of Technology, working in Fiscal Records from 1984-1989 and in the Trade and Industrial Department ever since. She also has three years of State service in the Cassia County School District.
Hales is from Bakersfield, California, originally. When she was 10 years of age her family moved to Idaho by way of Wyoming. She graduated from Blackfoot High School and attended Grimm’s Business School in Pocatello.
When asked about her most memorable times at the University, Hales states, “It has been a really good career and I have enjoyed working in the college atmosphere. The most interesting part of working in the Trade and Industrial department has been the personalities and individual technical expertise of each instructor. I am very fortunate to have worked for Pete Fallesen and Dave Treasure.” Linda also remembers experiences of serving on the social committee and while sorting mail, visiting with staff and faculty from the college.
Hales has one daughter and one son, both ISU alums. Her daughter and son-in-law, who is in the Army, will be moving back to Germany this summer for the third time. Her son is living in Middleton. Linda spends time with her sister and mother who are both in Pocatello.
Retirement plans for Linda include moving to Rigby in August to be with her friend Jim Tibbets. She plans on spending more time quilting, gardening and doing yard work. She also hopes to do more camping and fishing, one day catching a big fish she won’t have to throw back. In addition, she is going to spend more time motorcycle riding. Future plans include traveling and volunteering as a reading tutor in the schools or helping with Senior Citizen Center activities.