retirement

After more than four decades of service at Fermilab, Dan Assell will retire on Jan. 14.  Now a senior technical specialist in APS-TD’s Magnet System department, Assell was hired in December of 1980 by Gregg Kobliska. He has worked in many areas over his 41 years with Fermilab. Starting in the Material Control department on the inspection of parts for building magnets, to Spool boxes, to SSC, to building tooling for LHC, to the Engineering Lab, to his current position…

After more than 41 years of service at Fermilab, Mary “Jeannette” Olah will retire on Jan. 21. She has held roles in the Mailroom, the Stockroom, Roads and Grounds, and Facilities Management. Olah has fond memories with the many people she met while working at Fermilab. “We worked hard, got our work done and still had time to share a laugh or two. I made many good friends in my years at the lab.” In retirement, Olah is looking forward…

Leonard “Lenny” Spiegel came to Fermilab in 1980 as a graduate student with Carnegie-Mellon University. He returned in 1984 to work as a postdoc for Northwestern University. Finally, he became a lab employee in 1988 and never looked back. Spiegel transitions to Scientist Emeritus on Jan. 4, 2022. Currently a senior scientist, Spiegel started with Fermilab as an associate scientist. Most of his work these days is on the upgrade of the CMS Outer Tracker for the High Luminosity phase of…

After more than 38 years at Fermilab, Bill Freeman will retire on Dec. 22. Freeman came to Fermilab in 1983 following a post-doc position in nuclear physics at Argonne. He started in the Radiation Physics Group which was part of the Safety Section, and eventually became the group leader. In 1989, after some musical chairs involving a couple of other Fermilab ES&H folks heading for Texas and the SSC, Freeman moved to the Research Division as department head of the…

Chuck Kuhn will retire from Fermilab at the end of November after 31 years with the lab’s fire department. Known to many as simply “Chief”, Kuhn began his firefighting career with the Batavia Fire Department before joining Fermilab’s fire department full-time in 1990. Since 2012, he has served as the lab’s fire chief. Prior to that, Kuhn was battalion chief and tasked with launching an electronic program for tracking items such as vehicle checks, inspections, the fire extinguishers inventory in…

After 20 years of service, Fermilab distinguished scientist Valeri Lebedev will be retiring from the laboratory on Dec. 2.  An online symposium to honor the numerous contributions of Lebedev’s U.S. career will be held on Friday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. You can register for the event here. The virtual event will be focused on the physics topics where Lebedev made his most important contributions, including but not limited to, research on instabilities, feedback systems and beam cooling, Coulomb scattering,…

After a long career that concludes as a scientist in the accelerator division/instrumentation department, Elliott McCrory will retire from Fermilab on Friday, Oct.15. You may be wondering how long McCrory has been with Fermilab. Here’s a hint. He began his career working on the Linac upgrade. McCrory’s colleagues in the accelerator division know him as an expert in all things RF cavities, bend and focusing magnets, beam pipe and, of course, beam instrumentation. Veterans of the 9:00 a.m. Labwide operations…

After 41 years at Fermilab, Steve “Cheese” Conlon will retire on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Steve has worked as a technician and computer analyst. A self-proclaimed “cable guy” – helping with connections for computers, equipment in the AD division, cable runs, copper infrastructure builds and desktop support. When asked about his favorite memories of working at the Lab, Conlon replied, “Working with the fathers of the lab that Wilson brought in with him, and standing up at my 30th anniversary luncheon…

After more than 40 years at Fermilab, Allen Rusy will retire on Friday, Oct. 29. Rusy started at the lab in 1981 as a FTE Mech. Tech 1 out at Lab2 in the village, working up through the ranks to Tech Spec. before becoming Operations Administrator for the superconducting R & D lab in IB3A. At Lab 2 (1981-1995), he participated in testing Tevatron spool boxes cryogenically and electrically. He was also part of testing cable and wire samples for…

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…