Jackie Coleman retires after more than three decades at Fermilab
|Jackie Coleman at a Physics Advisory Committee meeting in 1994.
When Jackie Coleman retires from the Directorate's Program Planning Office this summer, she will be taking a key part of Fermilab's memory with her. Coleman's contribution to the Fermilab community, however, will not be forgotten.
Coleman came to Fermilab in 1971 as Jacqueline Gifford, a summer worker just out of high school. At the time, the laboratory was known as the National Accelerator Laboratory. Coleman's mother was working at the laboratory at the time, in the Purchasing Department. At Fermilab Coleman met her husband, Rick, a physicist who works with the Accelerator Division.
When Coleman became an official laboratory employee in September 1972, she received the ID number 1389. During nearly 38 consecutive years here, Coleman has worked with hundreds of individuals, including users and staff across the laboratory.
Coleman has been a mainstay of the Directorate's Program Planning Office. She has effectively guided a succession of leaders and members of the office through the details of keeping the laboratory's experimental research program operating smoothly.
In addition to her irreproachable organizational and administrative skills, Coleman remains the ultimate go-to person for many questions on Fermilab's history, including who was in what position when, how to get in touch with former Fermilab personnel, and experiment running schedules from the 1970s.
Today will be Coleman's last full working day before she takes vacation. Her retirement will give her more time to spend with her horses, dogs and fruit trees.
The directorate is planning a retirement party for Coleman in mid-July, where all who have worked with her can wish her well.
--Daisy Yuhas, with the assistance of Jeff Appel and Roy Rubinstein