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Dr. Kenneth C. Conroy

Dr. Kenneth C. Conroy

Dr. Kenneth C. Conroy, 85, recently of the Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy, died Wednesday (Jan 16, 2013) at the Veteran's Home.
Born May 28, 1927, in Judith Gap, Montana, he was the eldest son of Clement and Edna Buckland Conroy. He married Mary Belle Provost on August 2, 1958, at Bishops' Lodge Chapel near Missoula, Montana. She died on March 9, 1998.
Dr. Conroy graduated from Judith Gap High School. He earned a Bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from Carroll College in Helena, MT, where he lettered in basketball, sang in the choir, and served as president of the student body.
After graduating from college, Dr. Conroy taught high school in Lodge Grass, MT. In 1951, he was drafted into the Army and served with the 99th Engineering Topographic Battalion at the Presidio in San Francisco during the Korean Conflict. Following his term of service, Dr. Conroy taught and coached in Buffalo, MT for four years while also pursuing a master's degree in English at the University of Northern CO, Greeley.
While teaching English at the University of Montana, Dr. Conroy met his future wife. Following their marriage, he entered a doctoral program in Medieval Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle, completing his PhD in 1964. Subsequent positions included Professor of English at the University of Arizona, Tucson (1964-1968), and Professor of English, chair of the English department, and Provost at the University of West Florida, Pensacola (1968-1975).
In 1975, Dr. Conroy became Academic Dean at Quincy University, a position he retained until his retirement in 1992. While at QU, Conroy served as an evaluator for the Southeastern Accreditation Association and the Illinois Department of Public Instruction. He was a board member of the Quincy Civic Music Association and the Quincy Public Library. He was an active administrator for the POLIS program at QU and served as lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Boniface Church.
Dr. Conroy was a lifelong Cardinals fan, an avid gardener, and a lover of learning. Late in life he became an adventurous traveler, although his heart was always rooted in his home state of Montana.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Ellen Milady, sister Helen, and brother Pat.
Surviving are three daughters, Margaret Conroy (Connie Hall); Sarah Williams (Brett); Alison Conroy; one son, Mike Conroy (Cynthia); and five grandchildren, Cole, Clayton, Cian, Ethan, and Ava. Also surviving are his sister Margaret, brothers Thomas and David, and numerous nieces and nephews, most of whom live in Montana.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at Quincy University Chapel, with the Rev. John Ostdiek, OFM, presiding. A luncheon reception will be held after the Mass. Burial will take place at the Judith Gap Cemetery, Judith Gap, MT.
MEMORIALS: Kenneth C. and Mary Belle Conroy Scholarship Fund at Quincy University or the Quincy Civic Music Association.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, Quincy.

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From:
Nancy Dolan
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Margaret, I am so sorry for the loss of your father.
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Don & Ina Freeman
Pensacola, FL
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We realize that Ken has been very sick for a long time, but his loss is bound to be a profoundly sad occasion for you children.
Please spend some good time together and remember the great times you had as a family with Mary and Ken.
We send you our love and prayers for peace, Don & Ina Freeman
From:
Tonya Hiland
Dayton, OH
Comments:
A friend of Alison....prayers are with you and your family at this time.
From:
Brian Johnson
Roscoe, IL
Comments:
Sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a great man and I miss listening to him as a young boy. Your family will be in my prayers.
From:
Bob Mejer
Quincy, IL
Comments:
I am sadden to here of Ken passing away. I always respected his professionalism and leadership as Academic Dean at QU. I only hope that I may live to be a healthy 85. Please know my prayers are with you. My best, Bob Mejer/Art Department.
From:
Susie Simon
Vancouver, WA
Comments:
Love and prayers to all of the Conroys on the loss of Dr. Conroy. He was an amazing man with a wonderful family to prove it. My deepest sympathies to Sarah and the entire family.
From:
Owen Keehnen
Chicago, IL
Comments:
Margaret, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, Dr. Conroy. I remember him from Quincy University as a very thoughtful and kind-hearted man. My thoughts are with your family at this time of loss.