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Dr. Andrew "Jerry" Jerome Kuhaida Jr., 74, of Oak Ridge, TN, passed away at home on December 26, 2016, after a hard fought battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia. Jerry was born on September 29, 1942, in Wheeling, WV. He graduated from Lawrence High School, in Falmouth, MA, in 1960. He then proceeded on to earn a B.S. in Geography from East Tennessee State University, in 1967, a M.A. in Geography also from ETSU, in 1971, and a Ph.D. in Geography/Geology from the University of Denver, in 1980. Jerry returned to Oak Ridge in 1980 and began his lengthy career in Environmental Restoration and Hazardous Waste Remediation. He also served on various local boards and committees including the Environmental Quality Advisory Board and the Scarboro Community Day Care Center Board. Wishing to serve his community further, Jerry ran for and was elected to the Oak Ridge City Council twice, 1991-1995 and 1997-2003. He served one term as Mayor of Oak Ridge. Jerry continued his passion for community and local government development while serving as a consultant in Russia and working with USAID/US State Department, assisting the US Army's development efforts in Iraq. Jerry was many things to many people: son, brother, athlete, explorer, husband, father, uncle, student, photographer, teacher, scientist, coach, outdoorsman, mentor, conservationist, community leader, world traveler, ambassador, humanitarian, writer, father-in-law, grandfather…. and friend.

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.