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Robert M. CONRAD Obituary

CONRAD, Robert M.
Robert M. Conrad, 91, of Bristol, husband of Marian B. Conrad, died Monday, (July 25, 2011) at Sheriden Woods Health Care Center in Bristol. He was born Feb. 9, 1920 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Rev. Dr. Paul H. and Helen F. Conrad. He was graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942. He then joined the U. S. Air Force, serving in England as a crew chief on P-51 fighter planes during World War II. His first job was as an Eastern Air Lines reservations agent in Manhattan. But, as he put it, "I became interested in Connecticut after one of our planes crashed here." He became editor of the weekly Plainville News and later the Southington News. In 1962, he joined the former Hartford Times. His assignments there included copy editor, assistant state editor, night editor, capitol reporter, editorial writer and political columnist. He later worked for the New Britain Herald. He 'retired' in 1983 but continued to write a political column that ran in many state newspapers. He was a frequent guest on WFSB newscasts, and a regular panelist on CPTV's 'Fourth Estate' political round table. In 1998, he was honored by then-Gov. John G. Rowland for his 50 years in journalism in Connecticut. In 1996, Briarwood College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Political Science degree. His civic activities included membership on the Veterans Council in Plainville, the Bristol Charter Revision Commission, and the Bristol Housing Authority. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Forestville. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed travel and loved Big Band music. He spent many hours as a volunteer at CRIS Radio, reading newspaper articles for broadcast to the blind and print-handicapped. He was a CRIS board member emeritus. He volunteered with the Head Start program of the Bristol Community Organization. He was a member of the Army Air Force Round Table in Cheshire, a group of World War II veterans who conduct public speaking programs in schools. In addition to his wife of 62 years, he leaves three sons: Richard and his wife Helen of Wallingford, Robert of Bristol, and David and his wife Mory of Middletown; nine grandchildren, a great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Ruth Haendle, June Williams and Marion Spaulding.
There will be no calling hours or funeral services. Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol is in care of arrangements. Friends are invited to make donations in Bob's name to CRIS Radio, 315 Windsor Ave., Windsor, CT 06095. Please visit Bob's memorial website at www.funkfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on July 27, 2011
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