Marilyn Smith – Oct. 12

Marilyn Smith

Marilyn Smith, former Directorate employee, died Oct. 12. She was 56. She is survived by her husband Necota, a former Fermilab employee, and four sons.

Smith started at the laboratory in July of 1980 as a clerk in lab services and public information.

Assistant Director Jeff Appel knew Marilyn when she first came to the laboratory. She worked as the laboratory receptionist at the front desk in the Wilson Hall atrium and handled public auditorium event ticket sales. Appel, who was on the Auditorium Committee, said Smith was enormously caring.

“Marilyn was good with people. She was the face of the laboratory and was always helpful,” Appel said.

Smith began working with the Directorate in 1985. She was promoted to secretary in fall of 1986 and then worked her way up in the organization, becoming administrative assistant in 1991 and then Directorate assistant in 1996. Smith retired on July 6 of this year as Directorate administrator.

For 17 of her years at the laboratory, Smith worked as assistant to Ken Stanfield, who served as the deputy director of the laboratory.

“Marilyn was my coworker and friend,” Stanfield said. “She was an outstanding, dedicated member of the Director’s Office team.”

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Rhianna Wisniewski