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Edward Dennis “Denny” Conroy, age 95, was born in Bennington, Vermont but died in Escondido, California on January 19, 2021. Although he moved to California in 2012, most of his life was spent in Washington DC, North River, NY, and Camano Island, WA. Denny always considered himself a “Northeasterner.”

After serving in the Army during World War II, Denny graduated from Antioch College in 1950 and went to Purdue University and received Master’s Degrees from the University of Chicago and the School of Advanced International Studies at The John Hopkins University.

In 1951, he married a fellow Antioch student, Margaret Oldham ’52, and they had three children together. He maintained close friendships with many other Antioch graduates throughout his life. Other special friends included his many canoeing buddies with whom he shared many adventures.

He was an environmentalist. He was an avid canoeist, hiker, camper, skier, and birder. He appreciated art and worked to preserve local history. Wherever he lived, he sought out like minded liberal democrats who shared the common dream of making life better for all Americans.

His career was spent working for the federal Agency of International Development managing projects to help develop agricultural and health programs to benefit local people in Iran, Ethiopia, and Belize. After retiring he wrote several guide books about cross country skiing and canoeing in the Adirondack Mountains and Camano Island.

He is survived by three daughters (Carol, Amy, and Maureen) and one grandson (Tomas). No funeral services or gatherings are planned.