In memoriam: Roy Schwitters

High-energy physicist Roy Schwitters, one of the founding fathers of the CDF experiment at Fermilab, passed away on Jan. 10 from cancer. He was 78.

Roy was a professor at Harvard University and Stanford University and served as associate head of the CDF department at Fermilab before joining the faculty of University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He served as CDF co-spokesperson from 1980 to 1988. He was a prominent and instrumental figure for CDF from its start through a good part of CDF Run I, which included the discovery of the top quark in 1995.

I met him when I first joined the CDF collaboration in the late 1980s. For a few years, I witnessed the essential impact he had as a co-spokesperson of the CDF collaboration. I appreciated his high skills as a scientist, as well as a leader of this big and challenging experiment. I also could appreciate his nice and strong personal qualities, enthusiasm and dynamism.

I send my sincere condolences to his family and my friendly memories to the CDF colleagues that I cannot meet these days at the LHC at CERN.

Read his full obituary.