Marty Whitson, magnet specialist, retires this month

Marty Whitson

Marty Whitson first came to Fermilab in early 1980 to work in Industrial Building 3 on Tevatron dipole magnet fabrication. He quickly became an expert at superconducting magnet production processes. Now he retires after 34 years at the laboratory. His last day is Dec. 31.

Since the completion of the Tevatron, Marty has been a key participant in all the superconducting-magnet programs carried out by the Technical Division, including dipoles for the Superconducting Super Collider, LHC interaction region quadrupoles and recent R&D for accelerator magnets using new state-of-the-art materials. His career also included a brief foray into detector fabrication when he took a break from magnets in the early 1990s to help develop and build the scintillator panels for the CDF end plug upgrade.

Marty continues to be involved in magnet technology today, currently serving as the lead technician for all superconducting-magnet R&D and production.

He will be sorely missed on many levels, from his technical skills to his leadership and organizational abilities. He has been a pleasure to work with and is well liked throughout the lab.

Marty and Peggy, his wife (also a former Fermilab employee), plan on moving to Tennessee to enjoy their retirement. Unfortunately for Marty, their phone will probably continue to ring for some time with requests for advice from the people he has left behind. They will need caller ID.

All his co-workers wish him the best of luck on his new endeavors. Those who would like to say good-bye are welcome to a reception for Marty on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Industrial Center Building production floor.

Technical Division Magnet Systems Group members