Sunday, January 1, 2017

Obit Noice: James D. Conley, former U.S.Information Agency Foreign Service Officer

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James D. Conley
Oct. 05, 1928 - Dec. 26, 2016
NOTRE DAME, IN - James D. Conley, a U.S. retired Foreign Service officer, died Monday, December 26th in his residence at Andre Place, Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, IN. He was 88.
Mr. Conley was born in Chicago October 5, 1928, the son of Joseph C. Conley, Jr. and Eleanor Kenny Conley. He graduated from St. George High School, Evanston, IL and attended the University of Detroit on a football scholarship.
He served in the Army during the Korean War, earned a degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1955, worked for the National Security Agency out of college, and joined the United States Information Agency in 1957, serving overseas in Rio de Janeiro, Zagreb, Belgrade, and Brussels. Following an assignment as Yugoslav desk officer for USIA in Washington, he was posted to Lisbon and Kinshasa, and served briefly in Mogadishu. He was a member of the editorial board of the Foreign Service Journal, 1970-71. He received the USIA Director's Award for Outstanding Creativity in 1973.
Retiring from the Foreign Service in 1978, he worked for Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana (now Indiana Landmarks), first in South Bend then in Indianapolis, retiring as Vice-President in 1994. Following residence in Washington, D.C., he settled permanently in South Bend in 2006.
Mr. Conley was a member of DACOR (Diplomats and Consular Officers Retired) and the American Foreign Service Association.
His interests included art and architecture, movies, music and politics. He liked to read, travel, play tennis and golf. He was a member of the Pathetic Golf League.
Mr. Conley is survived by his daughters, Kate of Williamsburg, VA and Grace (Gumlock) of Minneapolis, MN; by his son Sean, of Indianapolis, and by his sister, Eleanor Nauman, of Port Angeles, WA.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph's Chapel, Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN on Friday, December 30th. He will be buried in the family plot at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Villa, 12220 South Will Cook Road, Palos Park, IL 60664 in memory of The Rev. Thomas P. Conley.
Charitable donations may be made in James's memory to the following organization:
Holy Family Villa
In memory of The Rev. Thomas P. Conley
12220 South Will Cook Road, Palos Park, IL 60664

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