In memoriam: James Walton

Fermilab retiree James Walton, 70, of Sugar Grove, passed away Tuesday, May 20.

Walton began working at Fermilab in 1970. He retired in 2012 but remained active at the lab as a guest scientist.

As a high-voltage expert, Walton worked on many notable accelerator R&D projects at Fermilab.

“Jim Walton was a special person with special ways of thinking about how to solve problems. You could always ask Jim for help on oddball problems,” said Fermialb scientist Helen Edwards of the Accelerator Division. “Over the years he built up a unique storage supply area in the catacombs under the transfer hall. If you had a problem and needed a different idea or something special that others would have thrown out — ask Jim.”

A memorial service for Walton will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, at Moss Family Funeral Homes, 209 S. Batavia Ave., in Batavia. Visitation will take place from 5 p.m. until the hour of the service. Interment will be private.

“We will miss him,” Edwards said. “He was a fixture and a spirit of the old Fermilab days.”

Read Walton’s obituary.