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July 19, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Joe Lenhard, long-time Oak Ridge champion and DOE executive, dies

A familiar face for decades at the “big table” for the weekly, in-person Friday morning meetings of the East Tennessee Economic Council died Friday night. Joe Lenhard, who retired from the U.S. Department of Energy in 1989 after 32 years but remained very active until recently, was also a Founder of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee on whose Board of Directors he was still serving.

Frank Munger, the former Knoxville News-Sentinel Senior Writer who covered Oak Ridge for years, wrote this blogpost about Lenhard a decade ago. A year later, Keith McDaniel interviewed Lenhard as part of a project documenting the history of Oak Ridge. Here’s a copy of the transcript from that interview (Keith McDaniel_Joe Lenhard Transcript).

According to an article in Oak Ridge Today, there will only be a family scattering of Lenhard’s ashes.

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