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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.

From Physics Today, June 1, 2020: Fermilab’s Chris Quigg and University of Chicago’s Mel Shochet recount the extraordinary career of Fermilab physicist and National Medal of Technology recipient Alvin Tollestrup, who died on Feb. 9.

John Fomusa was first hired at Fermilab in October 1973. He stayed for a brief while and then decided to go into business on his own. He came back to the lab in June 1993 and continued working here for the next 27 years, mostly with the Interlock Group. We’re sad to report that he died on May 15 of lung cancer.

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…