Historian D. Ray Smith has been named 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Anderson County.
Smith is a past president of the United Way’s board of directors and a past campaign chairman, according to a press release from B&W Y-12. He now serves as a member of the nonprofit organization’s board, campaign cabinet, and major donor committee.
Smith is Y-12 National Security Complex historian and a newspaper columnist.
He is a board member of more than a dozen community and charitable organizations that have missions ranging from historical preservation to serving the underprivileged to mentoring future leaders, the press release said. Organizations in which he is active include Tennessee Children’s Home, Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County, and Leadership Oak Ridge.
The press release said Smith has been instrumental in identifying, preserving, and sharing the rich history of Y-12 and the city of Oak Ridge.
“Through television, film, still photography, newsprint, and published books, Smith has been and is the source of information for many who want to know more about Oak Ridge’s buildings, scientific advances, people and landscape,” the release said.