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Hats Off to the Lab’s Summer Retirees

Last Name First Name Division Years
Corsair Lauretta OCFO 13
Edgar Jeri Materials Sciences 35
Edgar David IT 28
Franck Keith Engineering 32
Fridley David EETD 15
Gale Phyllis OCFO 29
Hamamoto Jun Donna ALS 27
Kelley Guy EETD 28
Kluz Stan Computing Sciences 26
McKeever Ron Genomics 20
Plate Dave Engineering 34
Pruess Karsten Earth Sciences 36
Robles Flavio Creative Services Office 28
Tabata Maki EH&S 21
Tackaberry Ron Materials Sciences 26
Wolslegel Jean IT 40
Woolfe Ken Engineering 33


Name: Jeri Edgar
Age: 60
Years at Lab/UC: 35
First job at Lab: principal clerk in Purchasing.
Retirement plans: I plan to get up later than 5 am. I am planning to join a local walking club, I plan to visit my son and daughter-in-law, I plan to travel with my boyfriend (also an Lab retiree) a lot. I plan to enjoy this new phase!
Lab accomplishment you’re proud of: I’m proud of successfully coordinating countless meetings, events, visitors, projects … I’m proud of navigating the Lab/UC/DOE bureaucracies with grace and good humor.
Who or what you will miss most: My co-workers who are my good, good friends. This beautiful location … working nestled among the redwoods, how lucky are we! Watching some amazing research programs come to fruition.
Advice for Lab colleagues: Trust your instincts, do the best job you can, and stick with it. Laugh whenever you can.

Name: Ken Woolfe
Age: 61
Years at Lab/UC: 33
First job at Lab: Computer Maintenance for Bevatron and Hilac – RTSG (Real Time Systems Group)
Retirement plans: Back surgery, then hopefully more performing (Christmas Revels) and summers in lovely Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. Also, hope to develop new interests and volunteer work.
Lab accomplishments you’re proud of: Help in design and maintenance of many equipment interlock systems for the ALS. Chaired the ALS staff safety committee 2006-2009 for a major safety reorganization.
Who or what you will miss most: I will miss the teamwork and the problem-solving approach most people have at the Lab. Also will miss the many specific people I worked with.
Advice for Lab colleagues: The Lab is a great place to work but things change so do your best and roll with the changes. Thirty-three years can go by pretty quickly if you are involved and find some joy in your work.

Name: Phyllis M. Housel Gale
Age: 59
Years at Lab/UC: Almost 29
First job at Lab: Clerk in Dean Jay Enoch Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley.
Retirement plans: Continue researching Early Berkeley Women, write a book about them, family genealogy, travel, and enjoy life to the fullest!
Lab accomplishments you’re proud of: I am most proud of supporting LBNL scientists in their pursuit for research funding.
Who or what you will miss most: It is never the same day twice. The people, challenges, and the successes make working here one of the best places.
Advice for Lab colleagues: If you have a question, don’t be afraid to work with others to find the right answer. Be passionate.