Robert August Winkel, 98, died on Friday, Feb. 22, at his home in Oak Ridge.
In 1950, Mr. Winkel moved to Paducah, Ky., to become the assistant manager of Union Carbide’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant. He ultimately became plant manager for the operation.
While living in Paducah, he was very active in the community, serving on the board of directors of the local Boy Scouts Council and Junior Achievement. He was also an active Rotarian and a member of Grace Episcopal Church. In addition, Mr. Winkel was a “Kentucky Colonel” and served on the Governor’s Committee on Educational Television.
In 1971, Mr. Winkel and his family moved to Oak Ridge when he became plant manager of K-25. He remained in the plant manager position until his retirement in December 1979.