Michael Frett celebrates retirement this week

Michael Frett

After more than 38 years in service to Fermilab, Michael Frett, operations supervisor of the Main Injector and Recycler Ring Mechanical Support Group, is retiring.

When Mike first started at Fermilab as a lab assistant in the Technical Division, the now decommissioned Tevatron was called the Energy Doubler. In fact, one of Mike’s first assignments was building the one-foot prototypes of the Energy Doubler dipole magnets.

Mike later transferred to the Accelerator Division, where he worked on such projects as the Antiproton Source lithium lens, electrostatic septa, ion profile monitors, a synchrotron light monitor and the installation and operation of the Main Injector and Recycler Ring. Mike’s involvement in this great variety of accelerator technologies has been indispensable to the development and operation of the entire accelerator complex.

More recently, Mike has led the Advanced Accelerator Technologies and Main Injector and Recycler Ring Mechanical Support groups. His leadership is characterized by his devotion to creating and maintaining a great work environment for those under his care. In return, the groups that Mike led are known for their dedication, attention to detail and cooperation.

Mike is looking forward to spending more time on his many hobbies, including collecting and restoring Americana (yes, he is a “picker”), small engine repair and visiting many family and friends around the country.

Mike’s last day is March 14. Please join us in wishing Mike well at a cake-and-coffee celebration in his honor on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. on the Wilson Hall second-floor crossover. Please notify Ruth Becker today at x4736 if you plan to attend.

Patrick Hurh, Accelerator Division Mechanical Support Department