larry kellySource: Frank Munger | Knoxblogs.com – Atomic City Underground | February 27, 2015

Larry Kelly, manager of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge office since July 2012, died Thursday following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.

Kelly had more than 30 years of federal service and had worked at DOE’s Oak Ridge operations since 1990.

“Words cannot describe the sadness we feel with the passing of our manager, Larry Kelly. The loss of our leader is heavy on our heart, but it is the loss of a friend that leaves an emptiness that will be difficult to endure,” Deputy Manager Kevin Hall in a statement.

“Larry was a man who battled bravely these past many months, and through it all he remained the Larry we have known and deeply loved for so many years. His strength becomes ours as we grieve his passing and continue with our work as he would want us to. We ask all to please keep Larry’s wife, Rubenia, and  his daughter, Kristyn, in their thoughts and prayers. They were the joys of his life. Rest well our friend.”During his Oak Ridge tenure, he served in a variety of roles, including assistant manager for environment, safety, health and quality assurance. Before joining the Department of Energy, Kelly worked for nine years at TVA and was involved in the design and construction of nuclear power plants. He also worked as an environmental engineer for International Paper Co.

He earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Mississippi and a master’s in business administration from the University of Tennessee,

In 2014, Kelly was honored by the University of Mississippi’s School of Engineering with the Engineer of Distinction Award — recognizing his career accomplishments.

Kelly was popular among his peers, and his promotion to manager in 2012 was greeted warmly and enthusiastically by DOE employees. It was a period of transition to a new restructuring of offices at DOE and Kelly said, “My primary focus will be on our people and our mission, and we will continue to find ways to work efficiently and remain good stewards to the taxpayer.”

Joe McBrearty, deputy director of field operations for DOE’s Office of Science, said after a nationwide search Kelly proved to be the “perfect choice” for the Oak Ridge job.

Sue Cange, manager of DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, said she was extremely saddened to hear of Kelly’s death.

“Larry was a longtime friend and colleague who was highly respected throughout DOE and the Oak Ridge community. While Larry had a tremendous impact on the DOE operations in Oak Ridge for the 25 years he served here, he will be most remembered for the impact he had on people and the love he had for his family. On behalf of the entire Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management family, I send my heartfelt condolences to Larry’s wife Rubenia and their daughter Kristyn as they deal with this loss.”

Here’s a statement from Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson:

“Larry has been one of the most attentive managers with whom I’ve worked at DOE. His understanding of the special relationship with the City of Oak Ridge, coupled with his professional and amiable management style, made him very effective. Our community has lost a valued leader, and we send our deep condolences to Larry’s wife and daughter.”