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Gordon Fee is the retired president of Lockheed Martin Energy Systems and the former manager of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, TN. He began working at Oak Ridge at the K-25 gaseous diffusion plant in 1956.

In 1962, Fee received his master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee while working at Oak Ridge. He was hired by Union Carbide and relocated to Cleveland, Ohio where he worked on the first fuel-cell car. In 1972, Union Carbide transferred Fee back to Oak Ridge to conduct experiments for a project at the K-25 plant. In 1976, he was hired as the head of nuclear safety programs at the Y-12 plant.

Fee retired from ORNL in 1998 and became a senior consultant to his son’s company, the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. He also works as the head of the Tennessee State School to Work program in Nashville for the Department of Education.

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