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Conraid L. Pope


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Conraid L. Pope Obituary
CONRAID L. POPE February 2, 1931- August 26, 2015 Conraid L. Pope passed quietly away August 26, 2015 in his home in Bermuda Dunes, California. By his side was his wife of 65 years, Robbie. He was 84 years old when he finally succumbed to the bladder cancer he had been battling for the past year. In the course of his life, Pope had pursued two highly successful and distinguished careers. The first was with the United States Navy in which he served from 1948 to 1968. Attached to the Marine Corps as a corpsman during the majority of his military career, Pope served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His service with the 1st Marine Division, 5th Regiment in Korea, earned him a Bronze Star with V for Valor. Upon retiring from the military, Pope entered civilian life as the administrator of the hospital in Sidney, Montana. He quickly advanced in his second career of hospital administration, moving from administering the hospital in Sidney to becoming the administrator of Anaheim General Hospital in the early 1970's. Uranus Appel, founder of the then Beverly Hills based American Medical International (AMI-now Tenet Healthcare), recruited Pope for his corporation, where Pope was senior vice president of operations, overseeing the operation of AMI's hospitals on five continents. Retiring from AMI in 1985, Pope moved to Northern California seeking an outlet for his life long passion for horseback riding. That he would pursue cattle ranching seemed only natural for a man who had spent his childhood among cowboys in New Mexico. It was he who introduced to the ranchers outside Eureka the Beefmaster breed of cattle from Texas, a breed that, to this day, flourishes in the region. A heart condition curtailed Pope's pursuit of cattle ranching. In 1989, he and his wife returned to Southern California dividing their time between their homes in Lake Arrowhead and the desert, as well as traveling the roads of the United States. In recent years the couple could be seen at reunions of the "Chosin Few" (an organization comprised of veterans who fought at the now legendary battle of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea). He will be remembered for his wisdom, his integrity, his leadership, his empathy and understanding of others and for his courage regardless of circumstances. To the saying, "No finer friend, no fiercer foe" one can add "no finer man" and that would serve Pope well as his epithet. He is survived by his wife Robbie Rae; his son Conrad Michael; daughter-in-law Nan Schwartz; grandchildren Kate, Natalie, Laura and Andrew Mishkin; sisters Sue Dyer and Dolores Hill, as well as brother Randall Pope and numerous nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service will be held September 2nd at 10:30AM in the Chapel at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer, 7944 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA. 92504.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Sept. 1, 2015
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