A delegation of the Vietnamese Embassy in the US, led by Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong, paid tribute to Doctor Judith Ladinsky (June, 1938 – January, 2012) in Madison City in the state of Wisconsin on April 15.
Ambassador Cuong expressed his condolences to Ladinsky’s family and thanked her for her enduring support for the Vietnamese people, especially when Vietnam was under the US embargo.
As Chair of the US Committee for Medical Co-operation with Vietnam since 1980, Ladinsky brought scientists from both countries together, which laid the foundation for bilateral co-operation in healthcare, agriculture, education and social sciences.
After taking up the role of Chairing the US Committee for Scientific Co-operation with Vietnam in 1984, she promoted many projects to raise funds and donate medicines to the Vietnamese people, especially in remote areas. She also actively joined in campaigns calling on the US government to normalise its relations with Vietnam.
With Landinsky’s support, hundreds of Vietnamese students were offered the chance to study or work in US universities.
In 1999, she was conferred the Friendship Order by the State President of Vietnam and many other distinguished awards from several Vietnamese ministries and departments.
She also received the 2011 Peacemaker of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. Wisconsin University has now set up a fund named after her, to continue to support research and teaching in Vietnam.
Doctor Landinsky worked as the Director of the Office of International Health Affairs at Wisconsin University’s Department of Population Health Sciences.