With deep sadness we announce the death of Wade Muranyi on Saturday, Aug. 3. He was 49.
Wade started his career at Fermilab in the Accelerator Division in 1998. In the words of Elvin Harms, Superconducting Radiofrequency Electron Linac Department, “Wade was instrumental, actually invaluable, in getting superconducting RF work off the ground here in the AD. His expertise had a ripple effect all over Fermilab, and you could safely say he had an international impact, as evidenced by the success of the 3.9-GHz cryomodule operating at DESY. We’re all the better for having gotten to work with Wade and especially to count him as a friend.”
In August 2010 Wade transferred to the Technical Division as a technical specialist. He quickly became part of the team and was given supervisory responsibility over a group of mechanical technicians. He continued to make invaluable individual contributions while effectively leading his team in support of magnets and SRF cavities test facilities upgrades. Wade is characterized by co-workers as the type of person who asked “what needs to be done” and did it, as opposed to one who says “tell me what to do.”
“We all valued him not only because Wade was the nucleus of so many critical activities, but also because interacting with him made coming to work so much more enjoyable,” said Allan Rowe of the SRF Development Department. “We will all miss his colorful sense of humor and his willingness to share that humor with anyone who happened by.”
His untimely passing is a tremendous loss to the Fermilab family. It will be extremely difficult to fill his shoes, and he will be greatly missed.
A memorial service for Wade will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Moss Family Funeral Home located at 209 South Batavia Avenue in Batavia. See Wade’s obituary and memorial page for details, or call the memorial home at 630-879-7900 for more information.
—Ruben Carcagno and Cosmore Sylvester, TD