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Gerry Bellinder Few people could imagine the digital age of today back in 1974, when Gerald Bellendir worked with paper tapes and a teletype machine in an office that was nothing more than a converted bedroom of a house on the village grounds. Bellendir retired on Oct. 7. Working with the accelerator design theory group, Bellendir was the first programmer ever hired. Since then, he has been instrumental in keeping Fermilab at the forefront of managing some of the world’s…

Alan Jonckheere playing Santa with Pono Casey. Photo: Courtesy Brendan Casey Alan Jonckheere sums up his 40-year career at Fermilab as looking for “the bump,” that elusive crest in data plots that signals a potential unexpected discovery. If there is one thing that physicists love to do, according to Jonckheere, who retired this past December, it’s “to find something totally unexpected.” During his decades of research on the DZero experiment, Jonckheere devoted himself to searching for “the bump.” He was…

Merle Olson Merle Olson is looking forward to retirement and finally spending time with his wife and family. He has been working since he was in high school, first to help his single mother support her five children, and then to support his own family of six. Olson, senior engineering associate, retired from Fermilab in December after 26 years of service devoted to the FESS engineering group, which was known as Tevatron Construction when Olson joined the laboratory in 1984….

Phil Pfund’s office at the Machine Shop in the village offered a scenic, wooded view. Photo: Tona Kunz In the summer of 1998, when Philip Pfund left his position with the Ohio-based Babcock & Wilcox Company for an opportunity to become project engineer for the U.S. Large Hadron Collider Accelerator Project, he didn’t want to be “too hasty” in uprooting his family. Thus began what Pfund humorously refers to as his hobby of the past 12 years: commuting from North…