Source: The Oak Ridger | Darrell Richardson | October 22, 2019

Representatives of the East Tennessee Historical Society presented city of Oak Ridge historian D. Ray Smith with the prestigious ETHS Lifetime Achievement Award during a reception held for the visiting Tennessee Historical Commission on Thursday evening in the Ts117 Modern Coworking facility on Scarboro Road.

Originally scheduled to be presented in mid-May, the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Lifetime Achievement presentation had to be postponed since D. Ray and his wife Fanny were in Paris, France, at the time of the ETHS’ annual meeting.

The plaque presented in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on Oct. 17, 2019, commends Smith “for excellence in and dedication to preserving and documenting the unique history of Oak Ridge and sharing that history with others through his work as the official historian of the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge; authoring numerous articles, books and columns; and especially through creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.”