Robert Dole

July 29, 1942December 12, 2012

Dole, Dr. Leslie Robert –age 70 of Knoxville, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at his residence. He retired from ORNL where he worked as a chemist for more than 25 years. Dr. Dole was preceded in death by parents, Harold Robert and LaVon Gertrude Musselman Dole. He is survived by wife, Marjorie Pratt Dole; son, Bryn Robert Dole and wife, Susan, of California; daughter, Lora Lavon Dole and husband, Daniel, of New York; grandchildren, Alexander Dole and Evelyn Dole (Bryn’s children), Binah Friedman and Thalia Friedman (Lora’s children); sister, Melodee Dole Ashby and husband, James, of Lebanon, Ohio; nieces, Julie Ashby Mann of Texas, Rebecca Ashby Sloan of Ohio. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be offered at


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Charles Forsberg

February 23, 2013

Sorry to hear he died. Les was one of those people you could count on and a friend. He had a lot of common sense--something that is not that common.

Charles Forsberg

January 24, 2013

You were a very generous tangonista......thank you for all you taught me. Annette Sullivan-Lekes

Dr. Robert Hargrove

December 25, 2012

Leslie was one of the brightest guys I knew in high school, but never let anyone know.

I am sure ORNL and his family will celebrate his life accomplishments this week.

My prayers go out to them.

Robert J. Hargrove, PhD, MPH
Macon, GA 31201

Phil King

December 18, 2012

Jeanne, our thoughts and condolences are with you during this sad time. I remember my chats with Les and with you about family vacations in Costa Rica. Les contributed much to the world and will be greatly missed. - Phil

Anne Holder

December 17, 2012

Dear Family,
I worked with Les for a short time and we became friends. I enjoyed watching him & his wife dance the tango every year at work. My sincerest condolences to the family.

Mark Becker

December 17, 2012

Kind and generous, a true gentleman and friend.

Juan Ferrada

December 16, 2012

Les was one of the best friends I had while we worked together at ORNL. His knowledge of the world was captivating and passion for the things he liked to do was amazing. He did not just like diving, he became the best master diver. He did not just learn ball room dancer, he became the best tango dancer. Lately, he took on photography. I am sure he became an artist. He knew how to be a friend. For all that, goodbye Les, you will be dearly missed.

Ferrada Family (Knoxville, TN)

December 16, 2012

I was a member of a few of the same meetup groups as Les was. I didn't know him very well but I'd like to extend my sincerely condolences to his family and loved ones. Lola Antun (Knoxville, TN)

Mike & Wanda Gilliam

December 16, 2012

Our condolences to the family. Les was a good friend, mentor, and co-worker during our years together at ORNL. He will be greatly missed.

Pat Trentham

December 15, 2012

So sorry he had to leave those he loved so soon after meeting and falling in love with his lady. At least he was happy and went peacefully in his sleep. My condolences to his family who miss him terribly.