1934 - 2011 Robert "Bob" Dean Conn, MD, of Leawood, Kan., died peacefully Saturday, August 6, 2011, after a courageous battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Bob was born May 9, 1934, in Great Bend, Kan., the only son of Robert M. Conn and Rosa T. Conn. Growing up in Wichita, Kan., he graduated from Wichita East High School in 1952 as the Class Valedictorian. He was also Wichita High School Athlete of the Year as an All-American football and All-State basketball and baseball player. He attended the University of Kansas on a football scholarship but also excelled in baseball earning the honor of Captain and later winning batting titles as a semi- professional. Upon graduation in 1956, he continued his academic achievements honored as the outstanding student in pathology and microbiology graduating Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1960. Following a path of internal medicine, he completed his internship at the New York Hospital and residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Washington, where he served as Chief Resident. Known for his contributions to academic medicine, he was Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Physician-in-Chief at Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, Wash.), First Professor and Chairman at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and Professor, Chairman, and Head Docent at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He contributed to or authored over 50 medical publications. While at the University of Washington, Bob was selected four times as outstanding clinical teacher and designated the first Teacher Superior, in Perpetuity. He was also a teaching and research scholar for the American College of Physicians and teaching scholar for the American Heart Association. In 1974, he transitioned into private practice joining Cardiovascular Consultants, P.C. in Kansas City where he served many years as Vice President and President. Bob also served as President-elect and President of Truman Medical Center, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medicine, St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program and the Co-Director of both the "Heart" Annual Cardiovascular Symposium and "Primary Care" Annual Postgraduate Symposium sponsored by St. Luke's Hospital. Ultimately, ALS forced Bob's retirement in 2010. Although Bob enjoyed academia, his professional passion was the practice of medicine and the caring of patients as reflected in his many awards as Kansas City Outstanding Doctor (selected by Peers) and Kansas City Super Doc awards by Kansas City Magazine. He felt his most significant contribution to medicine was at Harborview Medical Center where he participated in the development of the Medic One program, which was the first mobile coronary care unit and the prototype for all current emergency care systems in the U.S. For all his time spent in medicine, he also delighted in a well-rounded lifestyle, participating in such hobbies as flying, golfing, poetry, coaching, traveling, and reading. Bob considered himself a "closet" poet writing on many topics throughout his life, and this secret passion became his voice conveying the realities of his ALS condition. Despite his demanding profession and personal interests, he took great pleasure and pride in attending his children and grandchildren's athletic and scholastic events. Bob will be remembered as an amazing family patriarch, friend, physician, teacher, scholar, mentor, athlete, and coach. He lived his life with tremendous passion and compassion for all he served. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert M. Conn and Rosa T. Conn, and grandson, Jordan R. Mann. He is survived by his wife, Rogene and three children, Lisa Mann (Phil, Sr.) of Prairie Village, Kan., Linda Miller (Jim) of Leawood, Kan., and Kevin Conn (Laura) of Coral Springs, Fla. He has 10 grandchildren, Lindsay Zubeck (Paul), Phillip Mann, Jr., Jamie Smith (Adam), Bobby and Brett Miller, and of the K. Conn family, Devin, Casey, Kayla, Molly, and Lilly. He has one great-grandchild, Cannon Zubeck. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Village Presbyterian Church 6641 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Keith Worthington Chapter of the ALS Association, 6950 Squibb Road, Suite 210, Mission, KS 66202 (www.alsa- or Village Presbyterian Church ( Condolences for the family may be left at M
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Dear Conn family,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My parents have cherished their friendship with you over the years. My dad was so touched and impressed with Bob's poetry that Bob was kind enough to share with him.
I will always remember Bob as a devoted father, coaching and attending Kevin's many sporting events. I also remember the spark between Bob and Rogene that was so evident.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Kellie McConahay
August 29, 2011
Bob was an exceptional man and will be missed by all who knew him. Jack and I were out of town and so sorry to miss the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Jack and Judy Revare
August 23, 2011
Bob was very kind to me, when I was a young and very green medical student in Seattle between 1968 and 1972. Over 15 years later, he gave me some very sage advice over the phone regarding the ideal size of a medical group. Unfortunately, I didn't heed his advice (6-8) and after our group reached 12, it all fell apart because we lost our original culture. It is amazing that such a down-to-earth, almost "common" man, could be so smart, athletic, and above all, caring and kind. You are in our prayers. Rich Kirkpatrick, MD, FACP Longview WA
Rich Kirkpatrick
August 20, 2011
Dear Kevin and Conn family,

I am so sorry to hear about Bob. He was such a positive force in my life. Even now I often think back on all the wonderful things he taught us as boys, young men, and young adults. Bob Conn was one of the greatest men I have ever known. Parent, coach, mentor, role model, Jayhawk, Doctor; he was the best of the best. Most of all he was a friend during those extremely difficult "teachable moments" young men often encounter in athletic competition and in life.

I was fortunate and blessed to have known him, his family, and had him in my life. Godspeed to the entire Conn family during this most difficult time.

God bless you all,
David Cohn
David Cohn
August 12, 2011
Anyone who had the privilege to be associated with Bob is mourning the loss of a wonderful human being; an absolute, true gentleman. Our prayers go out to all of his family.
Bruce Wendlandt
August 11, 2011
I had no idea your father was such an athlete. I guess that explains why he out hit, and out ran, everyone at the Miller/Swartz softball game at Rob's softball field. We are so sorry for your loss.
Don Swartz
August 10, 2011
Patricia S
August 10, 2011
Linda, Jim and family,
Marie and I are so sorry to hear about Linda's father. He sounded like such a wonderful parent. It is never easy. Trust that our thoughts and prayers are with you, all during this sorrowful time.
Sincerely, Joe and Marie Cisper
Joe Cisper
August 10, 2011
We are so sorry to hear about about the passing of your father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Marcel and E'beth Bordenave
Elizabeth Bordenave
August 10, 2011
My prayers and thoughts are with the family in their time of loss. I managed Medical Plaza for 10 years from 1990 to 2000 and knew Dr. Conn to be a very good and kind man. He was always the Professional in all he did. His loss will be felt by many people for he touched many lives. God Bless you.
David Wagner
August 10, 2011
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
August 10, 2011
He had as much fun as anybody at Phil's bachelor party. Even though he knew better, he enjoyed good bar-b-que and Laphroaig. His generosity allowed Lane to finally understand the magic that is Kansas Basketball. Even though I will miss him, I'm glad his suffering is over.
August 9, 2011
I worked with Dr. Conn at St. Lukes many years ago. He was an exceptional physician and a very kind human being. My husband Dan, is a recently retired physician (Internal Medicine)
diagnosed with ALS as well. I have a team walking in the October Walk to Defeat ALS event. Dr. Conn will be in my thoughts as well as his family. Take care.
Pamela Whitman
August 9, 2011
Very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts
shawn degnan
August 9, 2011
We are so sorry for the passing of such a brillant and kind man. He will be missed at all of SME events. Thanks to all of the Conn famailies for suppply physicals for Our Young athletes that allow them to play sports. The Bob Miller's Thank you for the dedication to our youth and the practice of medicine!
Our prayers are with all the family at this very sad time!
Peggy & Bob Miller
August 9, 2011
The Conn Family,
Sorry to hear about your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
August 9, 2011
I am greatly saddened by your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies. For over 40 years Bob was not only a caring physician to me, but also a friend.Fond memories will always live in my heart.
Doug Delsemme
August 9, 2011
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead. I worked with Dr. Conn at Saint Lukes for many years and he took wonderful care of my family members. He was a very special man.
August 9, 2011