Dr. Dahlia Gredinger
Dalia was born on 27/7/1926 in Neve Zedek Tel-Aviv to Miriam Rokach and Joseph Katzenelbogen-Katz. On her mother’s side, Dalia was fifth generation Israel born. At a very early age she moved to Haifa and was educated at the Reali School, the slogan of which “Be Modest” was her motto throughput her life.
Dahlia studied Chemistry at Lausanne University in Switzerland where she obtained her M.Sc with distinction. In 1949 Dalia returned to Israel and received the appointment of first editor of the Israel Scientific Council magazine. During her working period there she met Coleman Greidinger from Haifa and in October 1950 they were married. In 1951 she started working as a teaching and research assistant at the Technion. In 1958, already a mother of two, she received her D.Sc.
In 1959 Dalia started working in what became her second home - “Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.”. Dahlia came into this job without any previous experience in industry or trade, but as head of research group, she developed new ideas, found the practical and possible approach to the food industry, textiles and pharmacology. In 1969, by then a mother of four, she was appointed to a very senior role in “Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.”: Director of Research and Development and a board member. Dr. Dahlia Gredinger, as a senior scientist, set many road marks in the development of the chemical industry in Israel. She contributed to the fight against worldwide hunger, by developing innovative fertilization systems. To her credit is a long line of patents and scientific publications. As “Deshanim” board member, Dahlia contributed much in areas which were not always in her line of occupation, in the fields of both human and labour relations, and even economic and organizational decisions. Dahlia would always make very balanced, relevant and useful comments, after giving careful consideration to the subject under discussion.
Besides her widespread professional activities, Dahlia also found time to be active in public affairs. For many years she was a member of the Soroptimist movement. Between the years 1963/64 she served as President of Haifa club and as its representative on the national council. In 1968 she was appointed President of Israeli union of the Soroptimist Clubs for a period of two years, and from 1972 she served as member of the European Committee for Expansion. She was also active in the Association of Academic Women and in the Anti-Cancer Association.
Parallel with her widespread scientific and public activities, which she fulfilled with great devotion, Dahlia was a devoted wife and mother. All visitors, from near or far, were greatly impressed by her warm and courteous hospitality.
In 1969 Dahlia contracted cancer and fought the illness very courageously for nearly ten years. Until her last day she continued with her work. None of the people who surrounded her knew how sick she really was, and how could they if she never allowed herself a moment of leisure? Even when the disease spread, she continued diligently with her work, worrying but full of hope for the future. Only a few days before she died, dahlia was still making plans, thinking of every detail, enthusiastic as always, arranging meetings at home and planning other for the future...
The Dahlia Gredinger Fertilizer Research Fund is one of the Foundations commemorating her.