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Who is Judy Laushman?

June 1, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A portrait of a oman with plants behind her.
Judy Laushman, greenhouse manager.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Although many offices close during winter shutdown and at the end of the academic year, the world atop the Science Center has no concept of calendar breaks. The space in this glass rooftop is frequented everyday by its caretaker. Who Am I?


Name: Judy Laushman

Job title: Greenhouse Manager

Department and location on campus: The Biology Department Greenhouse on the roof of the Science Center.

What does your job entail? I'm responsible for the care and maintenance of the plant collection, as well as the structure of the greenhouse. 

How many years at Oberlin? We moved to Oberlin in 1989. I've been in this position since 2005. In my full-time job I serve as executive director of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Inc.

Hobbies? Plants, reading,and  reading about plants.

Favorite food? Popcorn with M&Ms

Favorite Quote? "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."


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