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Fermilab employee Lewis Victor Ecker passed away on Nov. 18, 2022, at age 65. He worked at the laboratory as a welder and contractor for many years. Since January 2021, he had been employed as a technician at the laboratory. A memorial for his family and friends will be held in the spring or summer. More information is available in this obituary.

High-energy physicist Roy Schwitters, one of the founding fathers of the CDF experiment at Fermilab, passed away on Jan. 10 from cancer. He was 78. Roy was a professor at Harvard University and Stanford University and served as associate head of the CDF department at Fermilab before joining the faculty of University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He served as CDF co-spokesperson from 1980 to 1988. He was a prominent and instrumental figure for CDF from its start through…

It is with great sadness we announce that retired Fermilab employee Wayne W. Nestander passed away suddenly on Nov. 19, 2022, at the age of 92. Nestander retired from Fermilab in April 1994 following 25 years of service. At the time of his retirement, he was head of the Facilities Engineering Services Section. Nestander joined Fermilab in Dec. 1969, following 12 years of service at Argonne National Laboratory, as a member of the Experimental Facilities Group within the Research Division…

A long-time Fermilab user who led major efforts on the E-8 Hyperon Program and later CDF, Thomas Devlin died on Oct. 2, 2022, in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He was a retired Rutgers physics professor, Guggenheim Fellow and 1994 winner of the Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics. Born with an insatiable appetite for knowledge, he prevailed in local and national scholarship competitions as a young student, which led to earning his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics at Berkeley in 1961….

Retired Fermilab physicist Ryuji Yamada peacefully passed away in Honolulu on Oct. 10, 2022, from complications with his long battle with liver cancer. Born Jan. 3, 1932, in Hiroshima City, Japan, he and his family were atomic bomb survivors. Yamada was driven to comprehend the science behind the natural forces that had wrought so much destruction. He earned his Bachelor of Science in physics at Hiroshima University and doctorate in physics at the University of Tokyo. The bulk of his…

In memoriam: Age Visser

By Margherita Vittone-Wiersma We are sad to announce the passing of Age T. Visser, age 91, on Sept. 5, 2022. Age joined Fermilab in 1970. In 1994, he retired, having spent his career as a leader and an electrical engineer with 22 years in the RD/electronics/electrical department. A staple at the lab, he received much recognition and many prizes. For example, in 1974, in charge of electrical work, Age participated in commissioning what was at the time the world’s highest…

A memorial service for retired Fermilab employee Jack Rossetto will be held on Sept. 30, at St. Josef Catholic Church, 416 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Visitation in the church vestibule, Mass at 11 a.m.

Fermilab employee Joseph Hurd passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, at the age of 33. Joe graduated with a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Florida State University in 2013 and worked in the National High Magnetic Field Lab for two years before beginning his career at Fermilab in 2015 in the cryogenics department.  In his subsequent seven years working at Fermilab, Joe made major contributions to a variety of cryogenic operations and projects. He was cryogenic spokesperson for both…

Thomas H. Groves, who worked at Fermilab from 1974 until 1996, died on Aug. 2, 2022, at the age of 90 in Boise, Idaho. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1962 and was a faculty member of the physics department at Purdue University and at the University of Notre Dame until 1968. Following a six-year stint at Argonne National Laboratory working under Associate Laboratory Director of High Energy Physics Robert Sachs, Tom relocated to…