published Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Longtime Chattanooga business leader Gordon P. Street Jr. dies

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    In this in 1999 photo, CEO Gordon Street stands as molten metal is poured inside Chattanooga's Wheland Foundry.
    Photo by Staff File Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Gordon P. Street Jr., a longtime business leader in Chattanooga, has died.

Street long headed North American Royalties, a Chattanooga-based company that owned Wheland Foundry and had interests in oil and gas operations. At one time, Wheland had nearly 2,000 employees locally and produced castings to make automotive brake drums.

Street also was active in the renovation of downtown Chattanooga landmarks, including the Dome Building, long the home of The Chattanooga Times.

Street had become president of NAR in 1973, succeeding his father who remained chairman of the company. Later he had succeeded his late father as chairman of NAR.

Street was a graduate of Baylor School and the University of North Carolina and had been with NAR and its predecessor firm, Gordon Street Inc., since 1960.

In the early 1980s, he led a group in taking NAR private.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church downtown.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Heritage Funeral Home-East Brainerd Chapel.

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