Al Legan retires after 42 years

There will be a farewell party for Al Legan today at 11:30 at Riverview Banquets in Aurora.

When Al Legan arrived at Fermilab 42 years ago, most of the laboratory’s business was conducted out of the houses that had made up the small farming town of Weston. He retires on Oct. 7.

Legan was unemployed and going to night school when he saw a newspaper ad indicating the laboratory was hiring. He drove up from Joliet to check it out.

“There was really nothing here yet,” Legan recalled. “It was just a bunch of holes in the ground.”

He was hired as a machinist and has since worked as a technician and in various other positions. He currently holds a position in engineering in the Accelerator Controls Department of the Accelerator Division.

Legan thought he would work at the laboratory for about five years. He was wrong.

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—Victoria Pierce