After 40 years at the lab, Jim Patrick retires

After 40 years of service at Fermilab, Jim Patrick will retire on Sept. 7. Patrick started his career as a graduate student at UC Berkeley in the Mark II detector group at the SPEAR and PEP e+e- colliders at SLAC. He began as a postdoc at Fermilab in 1982 in Alvin Tollestrup’s group in CDF. He worked on the CDF data acquisition system, becoming the head of that group for Collider Run I. He then headed the accelerator division controls department from 2001-2022.

Patrick’s best memories are of the first pbar-p collisions in the Tevatron in Oct. 1985, and of the top quark discovery in Collider Run I. That was the culmination of a broad effort to build and operate an amazing detector. He then joined the accelerator division and saw things from the other side. He was impressed by the constant and incredible effort by so many people to improve the luminosity to the experiments. It has been an honor and privilege to work with the many talented and wonderful people at the lab throughout my career. That is what he will miss most.
In retirement, Patrick is hoping to head west and live somewhere a bit warmer. He has greatly enjoyed visits to New Mexico and surrounding areas in the last 10 years. He is looking forward to more time for travel, hiking and camping. Though he has enjoyed the Chicago area for so many years and will miss all the culture here, he will not miss the winters!
There will be a farewell gathering on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 1-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-2 p.m. on the 2nd floor crossover. Please RSVP to by Friday, Aug. 19. We wish Jim all the best in his future endeavors.