Tom Nicol

Rife’s rafters

We lost Jim Rife, our friend and colleague for many years, to cancer this past March. Jim's office sat on a small mezzanine in the Industrial Center Building, supported by the building structure. When they returned to work in May, the technicians Jim worked with paid him this tribute. He is always in our thoughts. people, accelerator Photo: Tom Nicol

We lost Jim Rife, our friend and colleague for many years, to cancer this past March. Jim’s office sat on a small mezzanine in the Industrial Center Building, supported by the building structure. When they returned to work in May, the technicians Jim worked with paid him this tribute. He is always in our thoughts.

Last month's snow took some by surprise. These lovely, snow-tufted trees, captured a year ago, on Oct. 30, 2019, remind us that sometimes in October, snow happens. And it can be beautiful. autumn, fall, nature, tree, plant, snow Photo: Tom Nicol

Last month’s snow took some by surprise. These lovely, snow-tufted trees, captured a year ago, on Oct. 30, 2019, remind us that sometimes in October, snow happens. And it can be beautiful.

Wayback Wednesday: These were taken during one of the photographer's first visits to the lab, before he was even an employee, in October 1977. nature, wildlife, animal, mammal, barn, building, prairie, plant, tree, grass, landscape Photo: Tom Nicol

Wayback Wednesday: These were taken during one of the photographer’s first visits to the lab, in October 1977. These Scottish Highland cattle had their own pasture to the east of what is now home to the bison.

Former Fermilab employee Jim Rife died on March 18 of cancer. He worked as a technician in the Applied Physics and Superconducting Technology Division. Below are five remembrances from his friends and colleagues. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to the donor’s charity of choice. Some suggestions are the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association or the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. Read Rife’s obituary.   From young tech to manager Jim Rife started with Fermilab in…