John Voirin retires after 39 years at the lab

John Voirin

John Voirin, Fermilab ID number 04940N, has worked for Fermilab for just over 39 years, building magnets and installing experiments. Now he retires. His last day is Feb. 12.

Voirin started at Fermilab in what was then called the Technical Division, building magnets for the Energy Doubler/Saver (which later received a boost in beam energy and was renamed the Tevatron). After that, he moved on to the Research Division, now named the Particle Physics Division, repairing magnets and installing experimental components in the fixed-target beamline. He also assisted in the second run of the CDF collider experiment.

For the last 20 years, he has served as Experimental Installation Group leader “installing a plethora of experiments.” This involves procuring parts for particle detectors, fabricating the detectors and installing them in their beamlines. The detectors could be large — such as the MINOS neutrino detector’s 960 tons of steel and scintillator — or small — such as LArIAT’s three-foot-diameter liquid-argon time projection chamber. The group also provides support for many other lab tasks when called upon.

“John has led a crew of techs for me for almost 20 years, and we’ve built many neutrino experiments — MINOS, MINERvA, NOvA, ANNIE,” said Jim Kilmer, associate head of Detector Development and Operations in the Particle Physics Division. “He’s one of the hardest-working guys I know.”

During retirement, Voirin plans to travel, spend time with his grandchildren and sink himself into new hobbies.

Wish Voirin well in person. All are welcome to stop by for cake and coffee at Lab F on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 1-2:30 p.m. Lab F is located at the south end of the SiDet complex.