Dr. Lidtke belongs in the category of the Hidden Figures in U.S. history, having led an impressive career for more than five decades. A computer science and mathematics specialist, she shared her breadth of expertise as an educator at Towson University from 1990 until she retired in 2002.
Early in her career, Dr. Lidtke worked as a programmer analyst with the Shell Development Company and the University of California. She went on to work at Lansing Community College as an assistant professor, transitioning to Johns Hopkins University for a transitory period until her position at Towson University.
Dr. Lidtke has always believed that a math background is important. Growing up, her mother raised her to play number games like dominoes. In preparation for her career, she earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in 1952, having been the only woman in the math classes.
While Dr. Lidtke’s husband worked as a professor of German history at the University of California at Berkeley and she worked at Lansing Community College, she attended the University of Oregon and earned a doctorate degree in 1979.
A frontrunner in her field, Dr. Lidtke is a fellow of the Computer Science Accreditation Board and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. She has held prominent members and positions at numerous organizations, including as the former president and vice president of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board.
In recognition of Dr. Lidtke’s career, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Computer and Informational Sciences at Towson University in 2014 and has been profiled numerous times in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who of American Women.
Outside of her professional life, Dr. Lidtke enjoys traveling and being active in charitable endeavors. She currently sponsors a scholarship at Towson University and John Hopkins University.
Dr. Lidtke dedicates this recognition to my supportive husband Vernon L. Lidtke, thanking him for his continuing love and care, and in loving memory of her mother Josephine Irene McDaniel Keefe.