Obituary for CONRAD

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday January 04, 2009

Loyal Lee Conrad, 89, died at home in Albuquerque on December 27, 2008. Lee and his wife, Reba, who died in 2006, came to Albuquerque in 1999 from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lee was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent his childhood in the Midwest, graduating from El Reno, OK High School. He graduated from Washington & Jefferson University, PA in 1939 and the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1943. He met and married Reba Frances Twyman that year. During World War II, he served as a U.S. Army Medical Corps captain with a reconnaissance squadron attached to the 12th Armored Division in the European Theater, and was awarded the Bronze Star. Lee completed his internship at the University of Wisconsin, his residency at the University of Oklahoma, and a research fellowship at the University of Michigan. Upon returning to Oklahoma, he spent three years as head of the clinical laboratories at University Hospital, followed by an American Heart Association fellowship at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. For more than 20 years, Lee was a member of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine (Oklahoma City) faculty. In 1969, the Conrads moved to Albuquerque, where Lee was a professor of medicine at the University of New Mexico. In 1971, Lee and Reba moved to Tulsa, where Lee joined John Kalbfleisch as the second physician at Cardiology of Tulsa. He practiced cardiology there and at St. Francis Hospital for over 30 years. He was past president of the Tulsa County Heart Association and served on the board of the Oklahoma Heart Association. Considered the "father of remote monitoring," Lee is given credit for establishing a nationwide network to monitor heart patients in rural and small hospitals from large medical centers. Lee and Reba traveled the world. Lee was an avid photographer, reader of history, art and music lover, carpenter, camper and fly fisher, as well as a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his daughter Anna Gillespie; grandson Eric Gillespie and wife Samittra; and two great-grandsons; his daughter Martha Conrad; his daughter Mary Conrad and husband Bill Wallace, and granddaughter Rebecca Wallace; and Lee and Reba's Norwegian "daughter" Ingunn Briseid and family. A memorial concert of classical music will be held at the University of New Mexico Alumni Chapel at a date to be determined. The family requests that instead of flowers, donations be made in the name of L.L. Conrad to Trout Unlimited, PO Box 7400, Woolly Bugger, WV 25438-7400.