It is with deep regret that we share the news that Eugene “Gene” Desavouret passed away on Tuesday, May 23. Gene started his professional career at Fermilab in 1980, initially working as a technician with the bubble chamber and then at the Magnet Test Facility.
He continued his college education while working and graduated from Aurora University with a degree in computer science. He then worked as a software engineer in the Technical Division making numerous contributions to the test and measurement systems, including contributions to the Tevatron Run II project, the Main Injector project, the LHC interaction region quadrupoles project and the high-field magnet program.
Gene retired in 2007 and then earned his pilot’s license.
His colleague and supervisor, Bruce Brown, remembers him fondly, saying, “After working with Gene for many years, I especially enjoyed our occasional contact since his retirement. His many interests provided for great visits.”
Gene was a passionate musician, playing in a band, and a music aficionado in general. It was through Gene’s effort that the unique collection of jazz radio broadcasts from the 1930s and 1940s was preserved after the death of his father and later acquired by the National Jazz Museum of Harlem. The collection includes nearly a 1,000 discs, made at the height of the swing era, and contains performances by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Bunny Berigan, Harry James and others.