retirement

After an illustrious three-decade career as a particle physicist, Lynn Garren is retiring. Early in her career, she was involved with the E687, FOCUS and BTeV experiments. Since then, her work has been to provide software needed by Fermilab experiments. She supports the Class Library for High Energy Physics and is involved in a new effort to use Spack. She is also part of the SciSoft team and is the LArSoft release manager.

In the middle of the summer of 1976 a newly minted physicist came to Fermilab. No one could have guessed what his diverse interests, capabilities and perseverance would develop into at the laboratory. Peter Garbincius, a.k.a. “Peter G,” served in numerous leadership roles and served in multiple experiments during his time at the lab. He also organized the Ask-a-Scientist program to help Fermilab visitors understand the world-class science that goes on in their neighborhood.

TJ Gardner, badge ID 04569, arrived for work at Fermilab on Feb. 25, 1980, at the age of 19. Fermilab has been his entire career for nearly 40 years, and in that time, he worked on magnets for the Tevatron collider and project coordination for the Superconducting Magnet Group. Now he is retiring. His last working day is Thursday, Dec. 19, and he vows to remain “simply mah-velous.”

After 32 years at Fermilab, the individual who has served as the lab’s extraordinary photographer — and so much more — is leaving. Reidar Hahn’s legacy will live on in his photos, the many services he’s provided for the lab, and the countless, selfless ways he has helped the lab community.

Fermilab scientist Herman White began his employment at Fermilab in October 1974. Since then, he has worked on beamlines, managed projects, and designed detectors. Now he is retiring, and his last day is Dec. 30. Herman began his career designing and commissioning particle beams, particularly for neutrino research as part of the Research Division’s Neutrino Department. Later, he was part of a five-member management team of the Research Division’s Headquarters.

You know her as the affable staff member who greets you when you request photos, ask for audio help in Ramsey Auditorium, pick up easels or maybe even look for the Key and ID Office down the hall of Wilson Hall’s ground floor. Karen Seifrid will be at the lab for a few more days to help schedule your requests. But on Friday, Dec. 13, we will be out of luck: After 20-plus years at Fermilab, she is retiring.

We’d hoped the day would never come, but now that it has, we’re marking the occasion properly. Reidar Hahn and Karen Seifrid are retiring, so we’re shouting our final huzzahs before they have their last hurrahs. Come to their retirement celebration on Thursday, Dec. 12, between 2 and 5 p.m. in the Creative Services offices, WHGF SW, across from the machine shop. There will be refreshments, cake, good company, and some mixture of smiles and tears.  

After 39 years at Fermilab, Jorge Morfín was appointed to the title of scientist emeritus on Sept. 5. He has been deeply involved with accelerator-based neutrino experiments for over four decades. He also created the MINERvA Latin American Initiative and has forged new pathways for collaboration between theorists and experimentalists.

Robert (Bob) Barger started at Fermilab in 1974 in the Main Control Room. Since then, his work has taken him to the Industrial Building Campus, the Proton Assembly Building and even Texas. Now he is retiring. His last day is Oct. 18.