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August 11, 1928 - June 1, 2015 Conrad Schweitzer III, passed peacefully at home on June 1, 2015, in Newport Beach, California, at the age of 86. A native Californian, Conrad was born in Beverly Hills, on August 11, 1928. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School. He kept in close contact with friends from Beverly Hills High, his Vintage Group Friends. After high school, in 1948, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served two tours of duty, including active duty during the Korean War. Forever proud of serving his country, Con was discharged, with the rank of Sergeant, in 1954. Between tours of duty, Con attended Pasadena College, where he played football. He completed his education on the GI Bill at the University of Southern California, graduating in 1954, with a degree in Business. While at USC he affiliated with the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Skull and Dagger, a men's honor society. During his time at USC, he met Diane on a blind date. They were married in Pasadena in 1954. Last August they joyously celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends. The Pulp and Paper industry was where Con spent his entire career, first with International Paper Company and then with Georgia Pacific Corporation. Con began his employment with G.P. in 1961 as a Sales Manager in Olympia, Washington. In 1963, he was promoted and transferred to Southern California and the family settled in Newport Beach. When the company moved their headquarters to Atlanta, Georgia, he and Diane moved as well. He retired from G.P. in 1989, as the Executive Vice President of the Pulp and Paper Division, which included responsibility for International Sales. He was grateful for the worldwide friends and associates with whom he worked throughout his career. Following his retirement, he and Diane moved back to Newport Beach where he was active with USC alumni groups, and was an enthusiastic supporter of USC athletics including the Scholarship Club. Con and Diane loved to travel and were fortunate to travel to many parts of the world. Con was a generous, big-hearted man who believed strongly in giving back and helping others in need. Con served on the Orange County YMCA Board of Directors, and was Past President, USC Associated Alumni Clubs, Past President, St. Mark Church Board of Trustees, Chairman, USC Athletic Department Board of Counselors, and Board of Directors, The Newport Sports Museum. Con was happiest when surrounded by friends and family. He was known as the planner and organizer of many gatherings, celebrations and trips with his family and good friends. He is lovingly survived by his wife Diane Schweitzer, nee Shank, and their three children, Karen Sidney (Mike), Kathy Lee (Bill), and David Schweitzer (Renee), four grandchildren, Michael and John Lee and Tanna and Beau Schweitzer, and brother David Schweitzer (Patsy). A celebration of Con's life is planned for June 20th in the Newport Beach area. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Con's memory maybe made to USC Swim with Mike which supports the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship fund. Send to: Swim with Mike C/O Ron Orr USC Heritage Hall 3501 Watt Way LA, CA 90089-0602
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 9 to June 14, 2015
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