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Fermilab retiree Rolando Flores died on May 25, 2021. He worked at the lab for 36 years and retired as an employee of the Particle Physics Division in 2014. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 31, 2-6 p.m. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. More info.

It is with heavy heart that we announce the tragic news that our colleague Kasia Kurek-Polk suddenly and unexpectedly lost her life on Monday evening, March 15. Kasia and her husband had stopped their car to help another driver, and a third car crashed into the stopped vehicles. Kasia did not survive her injuries. Those of you who interacted with and knew Kasia know the extent of her kindness as well as the extent to which she always strived to serve…

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of retired Captain John Slowiak of the Fermilab Fire Department. Captain Slowiak died the morning of Jan. 18. He served the Fermilab Department and the Fermilab community selflessly for 31 years, from 1971-2002. He was one of the nine original full-time firefighters for the laboratory. The first members were instrumental in building this organization into what it is today. After his retirement, John, his wife Candy and both of his…

In memoriam: Roy Parker

Fermilab retiree Roy Parker died on Dec. 11, 2020. Parker worked at the lab from 1983-2011, retiring as an accounting assistant. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, 4-6 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery. Internment will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. Read Parker’s obituary.

Family, friends and colleagues mourn the death from cancer of the Department of Energy’s Phillip Karl “P.K.” Williams in the Washington, D.C., area on Jan. 19. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sammye, three sons and many grandchildren. He was born Nov. 16, 1939, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rice University in 1961. His Ph.D. was obtained under Don Lichtenberg at Indiana University in 1965, after which P.K. took a position…

It is with great sadness that we inform the Fermilab community that long-time employee and friend of many Hiep Le died on Jan. 13. Until the time of his passing he worked as a senior operations specialist in the Accelerator Division Target Systems Department.

With great sadness we report that our colleague Yuri Merekov died on Jan. 2 at the age of 87. He was a long-term member of the DZero JINR (Dubna) group. Yuri began work on the DZero forward muon system in the late 1990s, developing the design and then participating in the construction, installation and commissioning of the mini-drift-tube-based system. During Tevatron Run II, Yuri tirelessly took shifts supporting experiment operations and developed initial ideas for the search of the cascade…

Nobel laureate Jack Steinberger died on Dec. 12 at the age of 99. Steinberger was the one of the discoverers, along with Leon Lederman and Mel Schwartz, of two neutrinos who together won the 1988 Nobel Prize for that work. Theirs was the first accelerator-based neutrino experiment, the direct ancestor of the Fermilab neutrino program. Read about Steinberger’s legacy in The New York Times, The Washington Post and UChicago News. Peter Cooper is a Fermilab scientist emeritus.