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Fermilab retiree James E. Wilson died on April 26. Wilson retired from the lab in 1998 after working 19 years as a maintenance mechanic IV. Service will be Thursday, May 5, at Logan Street MBC, 908 N. River Street, Batavia, beginning at 10 a.m. Interment follows in Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery. Wilson’s obituary can be viewed here.  

We are sad to report that Djoko Wirjawan, a Run I Ph.D. student with Texas A&M, died on April 18 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Wirjawan was a faculty member at Widya Mandala Catholic University. He worked on the now-topical subject of electron-tau universality, and as his thesis research conducted the first DZero search for chargino-neutralino production in the three lepton final state. Wirjawan was one of the first Indonesian particle physicists; after his Ph.D. he returned to Indonesia to guide the…

It is with great sadness we inform the Fermilab community that retired long-time Fermilab employee and friend to many David B. Augustine suddenly passed away on March 6, 2022, at the age of 66 years young. Dave is survived by his loving wife Diane; sons David (Lindsay), Joel, and Timothy; grandchildren David Jr. and Ariana Augustine; siblings Constance Augustine, Mark (Denise) Augustine, Joette (Robert) Watson, and Diane Augustine; in-laws Lillian LaJevic-Augustine, Patricia Augustine, Connie Augustine, Michael (Anna) Martin, Susan (Ron)…

We are saddened that our friend and former colleague David Ritchie passed away on March 7. David began his 40-year career at Fermilab in the summer of 1971. Throughout his career, he was dedicated to and passionate about his work and serving his fellow physicists. Over the years, David held many positions that involved different aspects of computing, including leader of the DEC Systems and the Distributed Software groups, as well as the Databases and Information Department; he was a…

We are saddened to bring the news that our friend and colleague Tom Ferbel died at home on March 13, 2022, at age 84. Tom was active in experiments at Fermilab from the very beginning back in the 1970s when he worked on one of the original bubble chamber experiments. He was part of the E706 direct photon experiment in the 1990s and from then until now a member of the DZero experiment at the Tevatron collider. In DZero, Tom was…

We are saddened to bring the news of Gene Fisk’s death on Jan. 10, 2022, in Philadelphia where he had been living with his wife Jeanie. Although Gene retired in 2011, he continued to be active in DZero. Gene was a primary mover in making DZero a reality. His long interest in electroweak physics led him to join the nascent experiment in the mid-1980s, and he rapidly assumed the role of chief negotiator for resources from Fermilab and the leadership of…

Former Fermilab employee Mike Hrycyk died on Nov. 14, 2021. He worked at Fermilab from 1975 to 2013, playing a central role in the design and construction of the first silicon detector for hadron colliders.

Fermilab retiree Winslow “Win” Baker died on November 7. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1957; his advisor was J. Rainwater. He joined Brookhaven National Laboratory and worked on proton-proton elastic scattering studies at the recently completed AGS. Baker moved to CERN in 1964 before returning to the U.S. and joining the newly opened National Accelerator Laboratory (later Fermilab) in 1969; he remained at Fermilab until his retirement in 2007. Baker worked on several Fermilab experiments using beams…