James B. LehrJames Bruce Lehr passed away peacefully July 22, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a long valiant struggle with Degenerative Ataxia.
James B. Lehr
James Bruce Lehr passed away peacefully July 22, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a long valiant struggle with Degenerative Ataxia.
James was born December 18, 1936 in Fredonia, North Dakota, to Rueben and Ida Hoff Lehr. James spent his childhood in Grand Forks, North Dakota, graduating from Central High School in 1954. He continued his studies at the University of North Dakota earning both his Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Chemistry and Physics, specializing in education. He also completed graduate courses at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. He was later inducted into the educational honor society PHI DELTA KAPPA.
James married Barbara Johnson of Fosston, Minnesota in 1957. In 1960, they moved to Moorpark, California and began his career teaching Chemistry and Physics at Moorpark High School and Oxnard High School. He then became head of the Physical Science Department at Moorpark College. James had interest in environmental work and in 1969, he was appointed the Director of Environmental Services for Ventura County, CA. In 1973, James accepted a position with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 8, as Director of Air Pollution Control in Denver, Colorado. He then became the Director of Environmental Service Division and regional liaison to the Western Governors, where he worked on behalf of the Lakota Indians to reclaim reservation land. He also worked as part of the clean up project at Rocky Flats. James loved his career and his work with the EPA.
He loved spending time with his family. He was an avid tennis player, enjoyed softball, cycling, running and the many activities in the Colorado Mountains.
Blessed be his memory…
James is survived by his wife Barbara; his three children Cheryl, Mark and Kathryn; he is also survived by his six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Services and Internment will be at Hope United Methodist Church Friday, July 27, 2012, 5101 South Dayton Street Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111.
Donations can be made to the National Ataxia Foundation, James Lehr Memorial Fund 2600 Fernbrook Lane Suite #119 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55447-4752.
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