Source: The Oak Ridger | July 27, 2020

Joseph Andrew Lenhard of 125 Newell Lane, Oak Ridge, passed away July 17, 2020.

Mr. Lenhard was born on June 18, 1929 in a rural area outside Detroit, Mich., the son of Joseph and Mary E. Lenhard. After high school graduation in 1947, Mr. Lenhard worked in an automobile factory then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was awarded a full U.S. Navy scholarship in 1949 to Vanderbilt University, where he majored in physics and graduated in 1953. After three years of service as a Naval officer, Mr. Lenhard returned to Vanderbilt on a U.S. Atomic Energy Commission fellowship in 1956. He earned a Master’s degree in June 1957. He came to Oak Ridge for summer training and stayed here for the rest of his life.

Mr. Lenhard served as a Senior Executive with the U.S. Department of Energy, where for the last 15 years of his employment he was responsible for all Research and Development activities within Oak Ridge Operations. He received numerous federal awards during his career and was a U.S. Delegate to the 1964 Atoms for Peace Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for safety of all U.S. exhibits. He also established and directed the first integrated Safety and Environmental Division in AEC-Oak Ridge.

After retiring from DOE in 1989 after 35 years of federal service, Mr. Lenhard was active in promoting Oak Ridge for federal and private sector industrial development. He served on many industrial development boards and organizations. He was active in the Chamber of Commerce, serving as chairman in 1992. He served as chairman of the East Tennessee Economic Council in 1993 and 1994. In 1994 he facilitated the formation of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee (CROET) and served as the Founding Chairman in 1995. A tribute to his service is noted on a plaque in the Horizon Center Industrial Park in Oak Ridge.

Mr. Lenhard made generous contributions to local universities, especially the Oak Ridge branch of Roane State Community College and to the University of Tennessee.

Mr. Lenhard is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Janette Lenhard; his brothers, Andrew Lenhard and Kenneth Lenhard; and his son Mark Lenhard.

He is survived by his wife, Crissy Lenhard; two daughters Andrea Lenhard and Michele Lenhard; two stepchildren James Buchan and Leca Buchan; five grandchildren; Sarah Buchan, Meagan and Michael McClanahan, Stephen and Samantha Scales; and five great-grandchildren, Dominic and Keegan Francis, Skylar Lawrence, and Sawyer and Waylan Scales.

Cremation and Funeral Services of Tennessee are in charge of cremation, after which his ashes will be scattered in a private family service.