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Ernest M Conrad
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1914
Davenport
Lincoln County
Washington, USA
Death: Nov. 21, 1994
Seattle
King County
Washington, USA

Conrad, Ernest M: (TS: 1914-1994; shared stone with Kathryn); {first s/o Adolph P and Minnie; Ernest married Kathryn McArdle and they had two children: Judith and Margaret Kathryn.}

ERNEST CONRAD, 80; UW OFFICIAL WAS DEVOTED TO PURPLE AND GOLD: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
Seattle Times, The (WA) - November 23, 1994
Deceased Name: ERNEST CONRAD, 80; UW OFFICIAL WAS DEVOTED TO PURPLE AND GOLD
Ernie Conrad was U-Dub; U-Dub was Ernie.

"If you cut my veins open, purple and gold would spill out," he used to say.

And colleagues at the University of Washington, where Mr. Conrad worked since he graduated in 1940, testified that his business sense and vision helped sculpt the university over the years - even down to its underground maintenance tunnels.

Ernest M. Conrad died Monday night, Nov. 21, of a heart attack at the Ida Culver House in Seattle's Greenwood area. He was 80.

As business manager, vice president of metropolitan-tract affairs and of business and finance, Mr. Conrad used his vision to manage the university's real-estate affairs for decades.

He created the position of university architect to oversee additions in the health-sciences area and central campus. And he managed the 10 acres the university owns in downtown Seattle, site of the school's original campus.

Mr. Conrad was, as one colleague put it, one of the most powerful people at the university. But, like the crumpled, plain black gown he once wore on a required occasion, he never showed it.

Among Mr. Conrad's less celebrated accomplishments was moving underground an eyesore parking garage originally built above ground in the middle of campus. He made certain the utility-tunnel system running beneath the campus was expanded and maintained.

"One time the staff honored him by putting a brass plaque down on a manhole and calling it the Ernest M. Conrad Memorial Manhole," recalled Neal Lessenger, a real-estate officer who worked under Conrad for several years. "He was a great mentor."

Born on March 17, 1914, in Davenport, Lincoln County, Mr.

Conrad graduated from the UW with a degree in business administration and then went to work for the school he loved as assistant comptroller.

After he retired in 1976, Mr. Conrad worked for a while as a consultant to the Board of Regents on metropolitan-tract affairs.

He also served as a trustee of Olympic College in Bremerton, commissioner of the Hansville Water District, vice chairman of the Ferry Riders' Association and president of Washington State Association of Water and Wastewater Districts. He was named Kitsap County Person of the Year in 1989.

Mr. Conrad is survived by his wife, Kathryn, of Seattle; his daughters, Judith Hinkle of Bainbridge Island and Margaret Spence of Puyallup; his sisters, Laura Nelson of Creston, Lincoln County, and Ruth Conrad of Spokane; and three granddaughters and two grandsons.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. next Tuesday at University Congregational Church. Remembrances may be sent to the Ernest M. Conrad Scholarship, care of the UW Foundation, AI-10, Seattle, WA 98195.

Author: JENNIFER BJORHUS
Edition: FINAL
Page: B6
Copyright (c) 1994 The Seattle Times 
 
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  Kathryn Jessie McArdle Conrad (1914 - 1998)
 
Burial:
Egypt Cemetery
Lincoln County
Washington, USA
 
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Record added: Nov 24, 2009
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Ernest M Conrad
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