Feb. 12, 2013
Willis Franklin "Frank" Folsom, Jr., 74, long-time Jefferson Lab staff member passed away on Feb. 8. He retired from the lab in 2009.
In an announcement of Frank's passing to the SRF (superconducting radiofrequency) group, Charlie Reece wrote: "For those of you who were not familiar with Frank Folsom, Frank was responsible for setting up the first Nb machining facility at JLab. He helped me procure and commission the old Mazak milling machine, and establish here the Nb machining parameters imported from Cornell. He machined all of the HOM elbows, Nb beamtubes, and FPC waveguide extensions for the CEBAF construction, integrating the machining with EBW of the components by John Brawley. (See Technote: 93-099.pdf) This was the largest actual in-house production fabrication effort accomplished in JLab SRF.
After this big push, the Mazak machining center was transitioned to the Engineering Division for administration and Frank remained in SRF, helping with a variety of activities, including sheet metal work, inventory, and a little of his first love, which was electronic instrumentation, having previously worked on the Hastings vacuum gauges.
We remember Frank as always being agreeable and positive, trying to contribute to the lab in any way he could. We are saddened at his passing and extend our sympathy to his family."
According to the Daily Press obituary, Frank was a native and lifelong resident of Hampton. In 1986, as a mechanical technician, he retired from Teledyne Hasting - Radist. He was a lifetime member of the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department.
A funeral service, with Fire Department Honors, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Mausoleum Chapel of Parklawn Memorial Park. Interment will follow the service. Casual attire is requested. Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.
Daily Press obituary and guest book link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=willis-franklin-folsom&pid=163024589&fhid=11383#fbLoggedOut
Submitted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 12:00am