Reporter 446, 7 February 2000

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Mrs. Julia Oldham

Members of the University will be very sorry to learn of the death in-service of Mrs. Julia Oldham on 12 January 2000, following a road traffic accident. Julia was aged 38 years.

Julia joined the University in 1980, as a Trainee Technician in the Department of Medicine (Leeds General Infirmary). She obtained her HNC in Laboratory Sciences: Haematology (Leeds Polytechnic) and was promoted to Grade 3 in 1983. She went on to gain qualifications in computing and assumed responsibility for the Department’s new computing system. In March 1992, Julia became Research Computing Manager in the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Services Research. Her main responsibilities involved design and development of data collection systems for research projects. This involved working with many research groups, in the Faculty of Medicine, within the wider University and externally.

Julia was transferred to the academic-related (computing) staff in 1992 and was further promoted in 1994. In 1998 she was appointed as Data Manager in the Academic Unit of Cardiovascular Medicine. During her time in the University, Julia successfully completed part-time degrees of BSc in Mathematics (Manchester Polytechnic) and MSc in Health Information Management (University of Sheffield).

Most recently, Julia developed key computer systems for the EMMACE, ADLIB and GRACE Projects that are studying the clinical care and genetic basis of heart attacks. The success of these endeavours had, and will continue to be, greatly enhanced by Julia’s many and varied contributions. Julia had a passion for football (Leeds United and Bolton), enjoyed reading and travelling. Her good humour and ready sense of fun were a noticeable and endearing asset that her many colleagues and friends will greatly miss. Condolences are offered to Julia’s family and in particular to Stephen, her husband.

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