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Fermilab employee Kenneth “Ken” Quinn, 60 years young, died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 3. He leaves behind people from all across the country who dearly loved and admired him, who will miss his acerbic wit and wisdom, and who were changed for the better for having known him.

In memoriam: James Wiss

Fermilab user and UIUC professor emeritus James (Jim) Wiss died at his home July 12. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Wiss worked on a string of heavy quark experiments in Proton Area, E87, E400, E687 and FOCUS. He was a leader of the proposed BTeV experiment. Wiss received UIUC awards for his teaching. In 1982, he received a Sloan Research Fellowship for early-career researchers and was named an American Physical Society fellow in 2000.

Fermilab senior scientist Yuri I. Alexahin, 72, died of a sudden stroke on Sept. 8 at the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois, just miles from Fermilab, where for two decades he was a leading beam physicist. He was born on Jan. 27, 1948, in the Russian town of Vorkuta. After studying physics and graduating from Moscow State University, he worked from 1971-1988 at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and received his Ph.D. in…

Fermilab retiree Alexander Joseph Elwyn died on July 4 at his home, surrounded by his family. He received his bachelor’s of science degree with majors in math and physics from Grinnell College and his doctorate degree in physics from Washington University. He later took a job at Argonne National Laboratory. In 1982, he started at Fermilab as an engineering physicist and became an applied scientist in 1991. He finished his career at Fermilab in the Environment, Safety and Health Department…

Fermilab retiree Hans Kautzky, 93, died on June 27 at the home of his close friend Nancy McGuire in Geneva, Illinois, just miles from Fermilab, where he was an engineer and team leader for over two decades.

The Distinguished Scientist Promotion Committee, chaired by physicist Beate Heinemann of the German laboratory DESY, has recommended three Fermilab scientists be awarded the title of distinguished scientist in 2020: Brenna Flaugher, Andreas Kronfeld and Lia Merminga.