Glenn R. Schleede, 83, a retired Federal civil servant, utility executive, and energy policy analyst and critic, died May 7, 2017, from the effects of a glioblastoma. He was a resident of Ashburn, Virginia.
Mr. Schleede was the youngest of six children born to Herman A. and Esther B. Schleede in Lyons, NY. He was predeceased by all five of his siblings, brothers Clifford, Carlton, Lynn, Russel, and sister Marian Quackenbush. He graduated from Brockport High School, Brockport, NY in 1950 served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN in 1960. After graduation from Gustavus Adolphus, he earned a master’s degree in industrial psychology from the University of Minnesota and later, graduated from the Harvard Advanced Management Program.
Mr. Schleede would tell you he would not have been able to succeed had it not been for the bright, hardworking people with whom he worked over the years. He was privileged to serve under six presidents, beginning with his service in the Air Force and then in the Executive Office of the President in the Bureau of the Budget, the Office of Management and Budget, and the White House Domestic Council Staff. Between Republican presidencies he was Senior Vice President of the National Coal Association from 1976 to 1980. He departed NCA to serve on the Reagan Administration transition team. Following Reagan’s inauguration, Mr. Schleede was appointed Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1981. He later worked for the New England Electric System in Massachusetts for 10 years as vice president of New England Electric System and president of New England Energy, Inc., from which he retired. After retiring from NEES in 1992, Mr. Schleede and his wife, Sandra, returned to the Washington area and he created and formed his own consulting and policy company, Energy Market and Policy Analysis, Inc., a firm that allowed him to spend much of his time involved in energy policy matters. He was a hardened critic of renewable energy, including windmills, endeavoring to defend ordinary people, taxpayers, and electric customers from elected officials whom he believed had largely abandoned them.
When not fighting for the rights of taxpayers, Mr. Schleede devoted his extensive efforts to the support of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Reston, VA and later to Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, VA. He was instrumental in the creation and building of the columbarium at OSWLC, where his remains will be inurned. His faith in God was strong and deep and an inspiration to all.
Mr. Schleede considered himself richly blessed. He was supremely proud of the legacy he left in the lives of his three intelligent, independent daughters who are hardworking and who exemplify the guidance provided by one of his favorite Bible verses, Colossians 3:23-24.
Mr. Schleede otherwise always kept busy maintaining and improving his home and others’ homes, and the church, with his electrical, carpentry, plumbing, drywall, painting, and other trade skills.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Sandra Klafehn, of Brockport, New York, to whom he was completely and utterly devoted, three daughters: Kristen Maddox (Derek) of Dayton, Ohio; Kimberly Terzian (David) of Hanover, Virginia; and Kendall Parrott (Timothy) of McDonough, Georgia, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children or Our Saviors Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, Virginia.
A memorial service will held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at11:00 am at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Ashburn, Virginia.
[NWW note: Glenn was a founding member and guiding light of National Wind Watch, enriching us all with his humanity and gentleness along with his vast experience and incisive and informed analysis. Click here for several essays that he contributed to the cause.]
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