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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.

In memoriam: Harold Ticho

Former Fermilab user Harold Ticho died on Nov. 3. He conducted research at Fermilab, Berkeley Lab and CERN. Read Ticho’s obituary.

Fermilab retiree George T. Athanasiou died on Nov. 30 at the age of 88. He retired as a senior technician in 1995, having worked at the lab beginning in 1971. Read Athanasiou’s obituary.

Fermilab retiree Ronald G. Evans, 70, died on Monday, Nov. 23. He was born in 1950, in Aurora, Illinois. Evans worked at Fermilab in the Technical Division Acquisitions Group and in the Procurement Department. He started at the lab in 1990, retiring in 2016. Read Evans’ obituary.

We are sad to announce that JoAnn Larson, a longtime lab employee who most recently worked in the OCIO Financial Services Group, passed away on Nov. 3. JoAnn will be remembered for her kindness and generosity, for her love for her family and for her diligence and knowledge at work. Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 7. Further information is available at https://www.yursfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/st-charles/jo-ann-larson/

Fermilab user Paul Nienaber died on Oct. 31. Nienaber had a long history at Fermilab, having worked on NuTeV, MiniBooNE and MicroBooNE. He was a champion for students and a regular fixture at the lab during the summer months. Read Paul’s obituary. Please consider sharing a memory of Paul or uploading a photo for his family to see. Condolences may be sent to the following: Nienaber Family, c/o Tony Nienaber, 4561 Winners Circle, Batavia, Ohio 45103 or Paul’s friends and…

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our good friend and colleague Stephen (Steve) Reucroft, who was a Fermilab user, after a long struggle against cancer. He died on Oct. 20. Steve grew up in Morley, Yorkshire. He earned his bachelor’s in physics in 1965 and his Ph.D. in particle physics in 1969 from the University of Liverpool. His early research career at CERN, the Max Planck Institute and Vanderbilt University focused on precision measurements using…

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Vladimir Sirotenko, loving husband and father of two daughters, died at the age of 70. Vladimir was born on July 14, 1950, in Bryansk, Russia to Antonina and Ivan Sirotenko. On Oct. 3, 1969, he married his school love, Irina Kibalchich. They went on to raise two daughters, Ekaterina and Olga Sirotenko. He and Irina celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Oct. 3, 2020. Vladimir was a very bright mind in his field of physics and…

Fermilab employee Kenneth “Ken” Quinn, 60 years young, died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 3. He leaves behind people from all across the country who dearly loved and admired him, who will miss his acerbic wit and wisdom, and who were changed for the better for having known him.