Fermilab names IARC auditorium after Alvin Tollestrup

In memory of Fermilab scientist and National Medal of Technology winner Alvin Tollestrup, who died in February, the auditorium in the Fermilab IARC Office, Technical and Education Building has been renamed the Alvin Tollestrup Auditorium.

Tollestrup played an instrumental role in developing the Tevatron as the world’s leading high-energy physics accelerator and was a founding member of the CDF collaboration.

“People just marveled at his energy and enthusiasm,” Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer said during the auditorium dedication, announced at today’s memorial. “It was clear not only he loved the laboratory, but his contributions have changed the shape of Fermilab forever.”

Visit the Honoring Alvin Tollestrup website for a biography, a multimedia gallery, news excerpts and even an extensive 1994 interview conducted by Caltech.

Read remembrances of Tollestrup in Fermilab news, Physics Today and the CERN Courier.