retirement

After more than 42 years at Fermilab, Debra Baddorf will retire on Thursday, Sept. 23. She began as an operator from 1979 through 1986, then she was a systems administrator in Epicure from 1986 till 1996. In 1996, she became a programmer and backup administrator. Deb has a fond memory of riding a golf cart around the Main Ring (and later the Tevatron) tunnel, to search and secure the tunnel for the beam. As a system administrator, she remembers staying…

After 32 years of dedicated service to Fermilab, Russell Rucinski, Department Head for PPD’s Mechanical Engineering Department, is set to retire on Sept. 17. Russell started at Fermilab as a mechanical engineer in 1989. He has since held the titles of project engineer, group leader, project mechanical engineer, deputy department head, committee chair, and finally department head. His service and dedication to Fermilab are greatly appreciated. We wish him the best in his future endeavors. There will be a virtual…

Gary Ross and Chuck Worel of the ESH Interlock Group are retiring. Their last day at the lab will be Aug. 30. Both started at Fermilab in 1973 in the Neutrino Division. (Worel started about four months before Ross.) Stop by the Interlock office or drop them an email at gross@fnal.gov and worel@fnal.gov to wish them good luck in their new adventures.

After 23 years of dedicated service to Fermilab, Richard Meaderdes, Security Operations Center Dispatcher, is set to retire on July 16. Rick started his journey as a security officer before he was hired on as a dispatcher in the Communication Center. His hard work, commitment and dedication are commendable. Rick will be greatly missed. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

After 27 years as an emergency operator/dispatcher, Yolanda Martinez is hanging up her headset for the last time on May 30th. Yolanda started her journey at Fermilab as a security officer. After a few years, she was hired on as a dispatcher in the Communication Center. Over the years, Yolanda has shown dedication, hard work and commitment. Her ability to go above and beyond extends not only to her co-workers, but to the ab as a whole and to the…

After 20 years at the lab, Librarian Sandra Lee is retiring on April 30. Lee started working at the lab in Information Services (now part of Core Computing Division) in 2001, “so long ago that we had several books on preventing the feared Y2K computing crash,” she said. She has seen many changes as the library has moved from mostly print to mostly digital, but the mission is unchanged: to give our customers the right item at the right time…

After 46 years as a driver, Carl Wheeler retired from Fermilab on April 16. Carl was hired on August 4th, 1975, after serving in the United States Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Carl started in Business Services, working for 22 years as a B driver and 24 years as an A Driver. Many of the longtime employees of Fermilab know Carl as “442”. This was Carl’s nickname because of the Oldsmobile 442 he used to drive…