In memoriam: Patricia Hollister Turkot

Patricia Hollister Turkot, seated, worked in the Fermilab Public Information Office.

Patricia Hollister Turkot, seated, worked in the Fermilab Public Information Office.

Former Fermilab employee Patricia Turkot passed away Aug. 1 at the age of 79. Pat worked in the Public Information Office and in Lab 5 in the late 1970s.

Pat was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She was the wife of Frank (a long-time Fermilab physicist), an attentive mother to her four children and their spouses and a loving grandmother of 11. She was a friend to so many.

Patricia was born on Aug. 6, 1936, in Warsaw, New York, daughter of Lloyd and Genevieve Hollister. She left home to work at Cornell University in the Physics Department where she met, fell in love with and eventually married Frank in 1959. They established their home in Long Island (Yaphank), New York, and began their family life. They then moved to Wheaton, Illinois in 1974 and continued to raise their children. She received her associate’s degree and worked part-time at Fermilab and Cantigny Park. After sending her children to college and becoming a grandmother seven times, she and Frank retired to Tucson, Arizona (Sunflower), in 2000.

She instilled in her children and grandchildren the love of reading, the love of nature and how important it is to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — to be nice. She was Frank’s greatest asset. She cherished her grandchildren and loved to hear stories about all of their accomplishments. She was their biggest supporter. She loved to hug (even strangers) and listened to the problems of others. She was selfless and worried to her last day about everyone but herself.

She met the challenges of life with enthusiasm and a spirit of adventure. Her family was always so proud of her accomplishments and will be forever grateful for her care, endless love and support. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in her name to a nature organization of your choice.