J. Ritchie Orr – Nov. 3

Rich Orr

Rich Orr, former Fermilab associate director, died on Thursday, Nov. 3. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne.

Orr started at Fermilab as a physicist in 1970, after receiving a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Washington. He participated in the construction of the Meson Lab in the early 1970s, and he eventually became the project manager for the Tevatron. During his career, Orr worked in several different Fermilab departments.

“There was hardly a job at Fermilab that Rich didn’t do at one time or another,” said John Peoples, former Fermilab director.

No matter what task he was tackling, Orr handled it with poise.

“Rich was just great,” said Peter Limon, a retired Fermilab physicist who was hired by Orr in 1972. “He knew how to keep calm and keep you calm.”

Orr’s composed demeanor certainly added to his management skills, especially when it came to focusing on what seemed like an incredible task.

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Ashley WennersHerron