Celebrating 40 Years of Service

Q&A

with Tim Gadus

1. What do you find most rewarding in your job?

I truly enjoy the people with whom I share the Stanford experience. Contributing to the mission of the School of Medicine has always been a major motivation, from my years as a research technician in Genetics, to a facilities manager in Developmental Biology, to resolving space needs for SoM programs. The involvement in each of these areas has brought a sense of accomplishment to my career/s.

2. What is one standout moment or memory you have of your Stanford career?

Drs. Len and Lee Herzenberg who originally hired me into their lab in Genetics, sent me to Paris for one month in 1987. I worked at the Pasteur Institute in the lab of one of their collaborators, and the experience was very rewarding.

3. What are some of the biggest changes you've seen?

I used to park right next to the Alway building -- for FREE, and now I work out of Stanford Menlo Park!  Of course the School of Medicine has grown physically, but the spectacular changes are how the research and education programs have made a multitude of dramatic and very specific contributions to advance the treatment of diseases and injuries.

4. Do you remember your first day at work--what was that like?

I started as an animal caretaker for Len and Lee Herzenberg in their mouse facility in the Department of Genetics. Joe Wargo was their animal caretaker at the time, he was close to retiring, and he had a way to handle the facility (1,000 - 1,500 cages). He made certain I knew there was one way to get the work done -- Joe's way. And he was right! He trained me and I learned a number of valuable lessons from Joe.

5. What advice would you give to new colleagues/employees?

The School of Medicine is a great place to start and build a career! And your efforts do contribute to the advancement of education, science and medicine.

6. What do you do when you're not here at work?

My wife and I have a number of favorite activities -- babysitting our 4-year-old granddaughter is at the top of the list, with another on the way. I also manage my softball team (27 years playing and now managing), grow tomatoes and herbs, nurture our orange tree, play golf a few times each month and keep our cabin near Bear Valley in tip top shape!

7. What's in your future---with the School of Medicine or after?

I plan to continue solving space and program needs at the School of Medicine, and enjoying my outside activities.

It takes a very special person who for 40 plus years has remained dedicated, enthused and a staunch supporter of one organization.  Tim is unique in that not only does he have all these qualities, but every day he shows up with the zeal and enthusiasm to take on the most pressing challenges of today because he epitomizes the School of Medicine's commitment to its mission and its values.

Tim has been with the University since 1970. He started his career with Genetics where he was until 1989.  He then moved to Developmental Biology before coming to the Office of Facilities Planning and Management (OFPM) in1998.  With the two basic science departments, Tim started as a laboratory technician and eventually became a lab manager.  He moved to OFPM in the role of space analyst and today he is the Manager responsible for Space Management and Reporting within the School of Medicine.

Tim's knowledge of lab work is what makes him very skilled at understanding the need for space and how it is most effectively used.  Beyond the ability to assess and understand the use of space, his 40 plus years of knowledge of SoM, and how it continues to evolve and change makes him a tremendous contributor, partner, and colleague as we collectively seek to achieve the SoM Leadership's mission.

Niraj Dangoria (supervisor)