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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…

Fermilab scientist Sergei Striganov died March 25 of a sudden heart attack. He was a lab employee for almost 20 years, personally mentored by Nikolai Mokhov since his formative years as a theoretical physicist. He grew up as a physicist at the Institute for High Energy Physics (with Ph.D. in high-energy physics in 1992) and the Superconducting Super Collider. Sergei has an extensive record of theoretical and experimental work in physics, as well as his radiological calculations as part of…

Jeff was a huge asset to every project he became involved with. Jeff was open to growth through learning new things, and he didn’t mind sharing his knowledge with others. Jeff became friends with many people across the lab and he will truly be missed by all.

From CERN Courier, March 6, 2020: Physicist George Zweig writes a remembrance of Fermilab scientist and National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner Alvin Tollestrup.

Fermilab retiree Jerry Peterson, 80, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, at his home in Geneva, Illinois, after an 11-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  Jerry was born in Batavia on April 23, 1939, the son of Ida and LaVerne Peterson. He joined Fermilab Technical Services in 1969 as an instrumental machinist. He retired from his position as assistant machine shop superintendent in the Technical Support Division in December 2002. In his retirement he enjoyed train travel, educational trips, exploring historical sites around…

In memoriam: John Barry

Fermilab retiree, John W. Barry, 82, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. John was born November 10, 1937, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Floyd and Christine (Tingley) Barry. John had been the Accommodations Manager at Fermilab for many years, retiring in 2000. John enjoyed horses, hunting, and his cats and dogs. On May 12, 2001, he was united in marriage to Gwendolyn “Gwen” Kobiella in the house they designed and constructed in Sutter….

Accelerator Division Mechanical Support Department employee Orlando Rivera passed away peacefully at his home on February 13, 2020. He was 63 years old. Orlando has worked with a number of different groups throughout the department and created lasting relationships with many. Visitation will be held Thursday February 20 from 3pm-8pm at Dieterle Memorial home,1120 S. Broadway, Montgomery IL. Details below. https://www.dieterlememorialhome.com/tributes/OrlandoPapo-Rivera

From Kane County Chronicle, Feb. 13, 2020: Award-winning engineer and physicist Alvin Tollestrup, who played an instrumental role in developing the Tevatron as the world’s leading high-energy physics accelerator at Fermilab and founding member of the CDF collaboration, died on Feb. 9 of cancer. He was 95.