Henry Whitehead, Jr., a longtime CEBAF/JLab staff member, died Monday, August 11th.
Henry, a State employee, has worked at JLab since August 1984. His most recent position was as a Sr. Electronics Technician with the SRF Institute's Cryomodule Assembly group.
For funeral arrangements, see the Daily Press obituary notice.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Patterson-Gaines Memorial Chapel Renovation Project in care of First Baptist Church of Hampton, 229 North King Street, Hampton, VA 23669.
Carolyn Camp (Test Lab Room 201) and Sherry Thomas (CEBAF Center C214) are collecting donations on behalf of the Lab until noon Friday, August 15.
Following are excerpts from stories about Henry.
Henry Whitehead - From Transistors to Lasers
By Ann Gaudreaux, William & Mary News
Henry Whitehead has spent nearly 31 years repairing and assembling electronic equipment that has been an integral part of scientific and technological research in this country.
An electronic technician, Whitehead began his career in transistors, working with a group representing NASA's Space Radiation Lab, William and Mary, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. Now at the forefront of technology, he works with the Department of Energy's premiere nuclear physics research lab, the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, in Newport News.
Of Great Heart, Height, & History
On Target newsletter – March 1995
When Henry Whitehead comes to mind, one might think of his trademark station wagon, or reminisce of feeling dwarfed while standing next to the man of mammoth height and stature. One might even feel overwhelmed by his welcoming spirit summed up with his own words, "They all know me and we all know each other."
Whitehead is not only an electronics technician at CEBAF, he is sort of a historian. With 26 years of service, he possesses a remarkable amount of history. And what he doesn't say verbally he can tell with pictures. His photographs can be seen in just about any building on site displaying a photographic history of CEBAF.
JLab Salutes its First Group of 15-Year Employees
On Target newsletter – March 2000
At the November 1999 Service Awards ceremony, JLab recognized its first group of employees to reach 15 years of service. This small group's dedication and loyalty were instrumental to the lab's growth and development. Their efforts and accomplishments helped make this lab the success it is today. Here they share what they've enjoyed most over the years.
Henry Whitehead, Accelerator, Senior Electronics Technician, said, "It's been a privilege working here. I worked on the development of the original quartercryo and cryomodule design. I take pride in the tunnel; I helped build every cryomodule in the accelerator. Now we're developing and testing the horizontal test bed (the quartercryo) for the new 7-cell cavities. It's bee a great experience – cryomodule development is at the heart of the machine. I've seen a lot of changes in cryomodule development. I've worked with many nice people and really enjoyed the job."
Submitted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 2:00pm