Chander Sood – retired Oct. 7

Chander Sood

Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Chander Sood started working for Fermilab in 1978. He refined his welding skills in the Village Machine Shop, and, 33 years later, Sood will use those skills repairing automobiles at his own business. He retired on Oct. 7.

Sood left Kenya in the 1960s and worked in London and Scotland.

“I worked in factories here and there to survive,” Sood said.

Eventually, he moved to Naperville with his brother. Sood heard about a job at Fermilab, and he applied. The rest is history.

His colleagues described him as quietly competent and always learning.

“He’s continually trying to improve what he does, ever since I’ve known him when he started,” said Roger Hiller, Sood’s supervisor. “He’s learned a lot and each time he does something he keeps getting better.”

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—Victoria Pierce