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29 October 2007
Father of JPA’s Pete Conroy Dies at 89

From staff reports
The Anniston Star

Reprinted here in its entirety.

As he flew over the island of Iwo Jima on a mission for the U.S. Naval Air Corps in 1943, David James Conroy witnessed the U.S. flag being planted on Mount Surabachi.

He immediately broke radio silence, notifying the photographer who then took the famous picture.

Conroy, the father of local environmental educator and JPA Board member Pete Conroy, died Friday in North Carolina after a long illness. He was 89.

An Illinois native and Harvard Law School graduate, Conroy retired in 1983 from his position as corporate secretary of Akzo-Nobel of Asheville, N.C.

He and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals for his service in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II.

Known for being energetic and personable, Conroy was involved in professional and community affairs in Asheville. In addition to professional associations, he served as a director of the Chamber of Commerce, the Asheville Symphony, the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville Country Day School and the Health Adventure. He served on the local hospital board and was director of the Medical Mission Foundation and the Community Care Partners Foundation.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois (Dode) Conroy; his sister, Margaret Capeci of South Carolina; three daughters; his son, Peter Conroy and his wife, Roxana, of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

A memorial service is today at Groce Funeral Home in Arden, N.C. Memorial gifts may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, Md., or to Care Partners.

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