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Andrew "Jerry" Jerome
Kuhaida Jr., 74, of Oak Ridge, TN, passed away at home on December 26,
after a hard fought battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body
Jerry was born on September 29, 1942, in Wheeling, WV. He graduated
Lawrence High School, in Falmouth, MA, in 1960. He then proceeded on to
B.S. in Geography from East Tennessee State University, in 1967, a M.A.
Geography also from ETSU, in 1971, and a Ph.D. in Geography/Geology
University of Denver, in 1980. Jerry returned to Oak Ridge in 1980 and
his lengthy career in Environmental Restoration and Hazardous Waste
Remediation. He also served on various local boards and committees
the Environmental Quality Advisory Board and the Scarboro Community Day
Center Board. Wishing to serve his community further, Jerry ran for and
elected to the Oak Ridge City Council twice, 1991-1995 and 1997-2003.
one term as Mayor of Oak Ridge. Jerry continued his passion for
local government development while serving as a consultant in Russia
working with USAID/US State Department, assisting the US Army's
efforts in Iraq. Jerry was many things to many people: son, brother,
explorer, husband, father, uncle, student, photographer, teacher,
coach, outdoorsman, mentor, conservationist, community leader, world
ambassador, humanitarian, writer, father-in-law, grandfather…. and
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Jerome Kuhaida, Sr., and Wilma Pauline Liller; and by his sister, Mary Kathryn Lowery. Jerry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Delores Kuhaida; sister, Carol Sue Drummond and husband Clyde, of Clinton; son, Steven Kuhaida and wife Marina, of San Antonio, TX; daughter, Carrie Kuhaida Sessions, of Kingston; son, Kevin Kuhaida, of Oak Ridge; grandson, Roman Kuhaida, of San Antonio; granddaughters, Kylie and Kimber Kuhaida, of Oak Ridge; and several loving nieces and nephews. A special thanks to the practitioners and staff of the Cole Neuroscience Center at the UT Medical Center for their diagnosis and patient care, UT Hospice for their compassionate care, the Oak Ridge Fire Department for all of their assistance, and Jackson Funeral Services for the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Cole Neuroscience Center at the UT Medical Center online or by mail, Attn: Development Office, 2121 Medical Center Way, Suite 100, Knoxville, TN 37920.