Alumna Gives Back

Retired nurse who found several job leads through Rutgers University–Camden continues to support the university in numerous ways

Linda Wray CCAS’74, SNC’76, pictured in the black Rutgers cap, has been involved in numerous alumni activities, including this day of service at Cathedral Kitchen in Camden.

By Sam Starnes

An index card on a bulletin board in Armitage Hall caught Linda Wray’s attention when she was a Rutgers–Camden student in the early 1970s. It advertised a part-time job at the PATCO Speed Line’s Lindenwold station, which was not far from her home in Magnolia, New Jersey. She applied and got the job. “I would go in at six o’clock in the morning to one of the stations and do revenue work—putting coins in the counting machine, and selling tickets,” she said. “I would work until eight or nine in the morning and then I would get a free train ride into Camden.”

Wray, a first-generation college student who worked two or more part-time jobs at a time while enrolled, earned an English degree in 1974. She continued as a student in the nursing program, earning a nursing degree in 1976, which was the first class of nursing graduates from Rutgers–Camden. “For my first nursing job, once again, I found an index card in Armitage Hall,” she said.

That index card led to an entry-level job at the Philadelphia General Hospital, which led to a position at Graduate Hospital. From there she went to work in the intensive care unit at Albert Einstein Medical Center, where she was promoted to a management role, and then to Hahnemann University/Allegheny Hospital, where she held a series of positions of increasing responsibility, culminating as clinical director of medical cardiology nursing. In 1998, she took a part-time consulting job for Independence Blue Cross. And after reconnecting with fellow nurse and Rutgers–Camden alumna Linda Diekmann CCAS’73 at an alumni networking event, she also began consulting for Premier Prizm Solutions, a company Diekmann founded. “She was telling me what her company was and I said, ‘I can do that,’” she said. “She hired me as an independent contractor.”

Wray, who retired in 2015, has lived in Haddon Township for more than 30 years, and has been an avid supporter of Rutgers over the past two decades, giving back to the university by volunteering for various roles and supporting the university with financial gifts. She served as a member of the Rutgers University–Camden Alumni Association Board of Directors and was the inaugural president of the Rutgers University–Camden Alumni Rowing Team, participating as the team’s coxswain.

Wray continues to volunteer, serving as co-president of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Alumni Association, which was chartered in 2020. She said she is very impressed with the students and young alumni of the program, and thrilled to see the new clinics and facilities devoted to the nursing program. “It has been very enjoyable to stay connected with the nursing program,” she said.

Wray continues to work with the RUAA on various projects, and recently was working on a grant application to hold a conference on the Rutgers–Camden campus. She also has served as a giving ambassador, and has made a generous bequest intention in her will. “I feel a deep connection with Rutgers– Camden,” she said. “I try to help out wherever I can.”

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