In memoriam: Thomas H. Groves

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Thomas H. Groves

Thomas H. Groves, who worked at Fermilab from 1974 until 1996, died on Aug. 2, 2022, at the age of 90 in Boise, Idaho. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1962 and was a faculty member of the physics department at Purdue University and at the University of Notre Dame until 1968. Following a six-year stint at Argonne National Laboratory working under Associate Laboratory Director of High Energy Physics Robert Sachs, Tom relocated to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in 1974 and remained there until he retired. 

During his tenure at Fermilab, he initially worked in the Director’s Office as an assistant laboratory director under Deputy Director Edwin Goldwasser and later Director Leon Lederman. In 1980, anxious to make a more hands-on contribution in physics, Tom left the Director’s Office and transitioned to a computer programming role in the controls group, a move he joked was “time off for good behavior.” According to Tom’s writings, “I remained in the controls group until my retirement, a total of 16 years and five months, and throughout that entire period, I cannot remember a single morning when I arose not eager to get to work!” Always a team player, Tom was respected, highly trusted, and well liked. 

Tom is survived by his wife Edna, four daughters, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Nov. 19, 2:00 p.m., in Naperville, Illinois, at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation directed to the Physics Newton Fund, the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, or Doctors Without Borders. 

Tom’s full obituary can be found here.