CONROY JOHN F. CONROY, JR. John F. Conroy, Jr. of St. Michaels, Maryland died on Friday, April 18, 2014. He was 71 years old. "Uncle John," as he was affectionately known to his 37 nieces, nephews, and grands, was at once adored, respected and hounded by the ever growing list of loved ones he inherited. In many respects, these were his "kids.' John was born in the Bronx, NY on July 26, 1942. He was the son of the late Grace Margaret Kelleher and John Francis Conroy. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1963, after which he served 3 years as a U.S. Navy Officer, first in Naval OCS in Newport, Virginia, and then in the Mediterranean. While serving in Greece, he stumbled upon a minor revolution and was involuntarily detained. Despite not knowing the language, he negotiated his release, no doubt foreshadowing his career as a litigator. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he attended Fordham Law School, graduating in 1969 and immediately taking a position in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. John became a Senior Trial Attorney at Justice where he litigated school desegregation cases and prosecuted criminal cases against those who deprived racial minorities of their civil rights. In Boston, MA, John was instrumental in prosecuting those who attempted to interfere with the federal court's high profile order in 1974 to desegregate Boston public schools. In private practice, John tried a number of civil and criminal cases for major clients, often achieving results beyond the client's expectations. In 2004, John bought a house by the water in St. Michaels and after retiring there, he spent his time sailing, golfing and enjoying many happy hours with extended family and friends. John is survived by his sisters, Grace Mulvihill and Margaret Martin; his nieces Eve Whiteley, Lee Reynolds, Grace Miller, Donna Fehrmann, Andrea Beane, Catherine Condell, Kate Martin, Margaret Ables, Anne Richards and his nephew John Martin and their children. A funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Michaels Mission Church, 109 Lincoln Avenue, St. Michaels, Maryland on Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. John's family will be receiving friends at the Church from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of John to The Miller Memorial Education Fund, a fund set up for John's grandnieces who recently lost their father. Checks can be made to Fidelity Investments, in care of Lee Prince, 3714 Cardiff Court, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Arrangements are being handled by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 200 S. Harrison St. in Easton. For online tributes, please visit

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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 22, 2014