Fort Worth, Texas, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 22, 2013.
Bob was born May 14, 1918, in Salt Lake City, UT, to Ralph and Jessie Conrads. He spent much of his youth in Pachuca, Mexico, where his father was employed as the manager of a silver mine. He graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, in 1940 and served in the Army
Signal Corps during World War II
. While stationed in Washington, DC, he met Marjorie Croner, who was serving in the Marines. They were married in 1946 and lived for 35 years in Washington, where they raised two sons. Bilingual in English and Spanish, and with a deep knowledge and love of Latin America, Bob worked at a number of international organizations during his career, including the U.S. Department of State and the Organization of American States (OAS). He joined the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in 1962, where he worked in a variety of capacities until his retirement in 1982. He was also a founding member of Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist, in Washington, DC.
Following his retirement from the IADB, Bob and Marjorie moved to Boston, where he worked for several years at the Christian Science Center and, briefly, as the executive director of the Longyear Museum. They spent later years in Charleston, SC and Kansas City, MO.
Bob was preceded in death by Marjorie, his wife of 62 years. He is survived by his son, David and wife, Margi of Fort Worth, TX; son, Paul and wife, Cindy of Chapin, SC; and two granddaughters, Lee Conrads of Minneapolis, MN and Kim Conrads of Fort Worth, TX.
Memorials may be made to Principia College or the Christian Science Benevolent Association.