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-John Richie Orr-

John Richie Orr, better known as Rich Orr, born January 16, 1933, passed away on November 3, 2011 in the Port Angeles, Washington area.  Rich Orr lived his childhood and teen years in Columbus Junction, Iowa, the son of the late Lester and Carolyn Orr.

Mr. Orr graduated from Columbus High and played football and basketball for the school.  He was the first Eagle Scout to earn that award in Louisa County.   He then went to the University of Iowa and earned a degree in Physics with Dr. James Van Allen, head of the Physics department, as his mentor. He received a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Washington.

Rich Orr went on to become known nationally and internationally as a physicist.  He participated in the construction of the Meson Lab in the early 1970’s, and he eventually became the project manager for the Tevatron.  During his career, he worked in several different Fermilab departments.  In 1989, Orr was one of four Fermilab scientists to receive the National Medal of Technology for his contributions to the creation of the Tevatron.  The medal was presented to Orr by President George H.W. Bush.

After Orr retired in 1991, he and his wife Suzanne moved to Port Angeles, Washington. He continued to do consulting jobs for several laboratories.  One in particular was in Switzerland where the largest Accelerator in the world was being built.

In later years, Orr took time to enjoy life by spending time exploring the local woods and beaches with his wife, Suzanne.  He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William D. and Kay Orr of Lincoln, Nebraska, and his sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Mike Jaeger of Memphis, Tennessee, plus several nieces and nephews.

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