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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…

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Sahar Allam on March 29, after a long battle with cancer. Sahar, beloved wife of Fermilab astrophysicist Douglas Tucker, was a member of the experimental astrophysics group at Fermilab and a long-time valued contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and Dark Energy Survey experiments. Sahar was an enthusiastic supporter of the lab’s cosmic frontier experiments – always at the front of the line to volunteer for the most difficult…

We are sad to share the news that Jim Fagan passed away on July 29. He retired in 2016 after 31 years at the lab. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, from 3 – 8 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Jim will be lying-in-state from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 1165 S. Westmore-Meyers Road, Lombard. Private interment. Obituary for…

Rudolph “Rudy” Francis Dorner, 82, of St. Charles, passed away Sunday, May 29, in Geneva. Dorner graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree of forestry. He was passionate about the outdoors and caring for nature. He was employed for many years at Fermilab as emergency coordinator. He will be remembered by many as the “Bison Boss” as he was instrumental in caring for and maintaining the bison at the lab. His obituary can be found here.

John Tompkins, a longtime Fermilab employee, died after a long illness. The obituary is posted here. John attended UCLA through undergraduate and graduate school and earned a PH.D. in Physics, specifically High Energy Physics. He worked in the Soviet Union as a part of the first scientific exchange between the US and USSR during the cold war in the 70’s; then worked at Stanford University for 12 years; was a core developer of the Super Conducting Super Collider Project and…