Arthur J. Conley, 94, of Princeton died peacefully on June 24, 2018. The cause of death was from intestinal complications. He was a long time resident of New Jersey, first in Chatham, then Madison, and finally for 29 ¾ years in Princeton.
He was born in Oconto, WI, the son of Walter and Marie Levasseur. He was raised in Green Bay, WI by his paternal grandparents, Arthur and Hattie Levasseur who ran a small neighborhood grocery store.
At age 12 he joined his stepfather, Robert H. Conley, and mother in Chicago, IL. He attended Northwestern University where he was a member of the Naval R.O.T.C.. In 1944 upon the completion of his junior year, at the age of 20, he was commissioned an ensign and assigned to the USS Anacapa AG49, a cargo ship operating in World War II in the Central Pacific and Aleutian Islands. He remained on board for two years, serving as navigator.
At the end of the war he returned to Northwestern where he completed his academic work under the GI Bill. He graduated in 1947 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In the same year he married Patricia Thompson. While on their honeymoon he was interviewed by the Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Co., now 3M. He was offered and accepted a job at their Akron, Ohio plant.
After three years in Akron he moved to New Jersey to take up a position with the Keuffel and Esser Co., the makers of the famous slide rules and surveying instruments. He remained with K&E for 17 years.
At age 42 he applied for and was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University’s Teachers College where he earned a Master’s Degree. He then began a 22 year career teaching secondary school mathematics and physics, first at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton and then at the Kent Place School in Summit.
In 1979, after the death of his wife in 1977, he married Louise Connolly who was then Director of Guidance at Kent Place School, and upon his retirement he moved to Princeton.
He was an avid reader, a rabid Green Bay Packers fan, a consummate Anglophile, and enthusiastic photographer, a hobby that kept him occupied up to his death. He left behind thousands of digitized photos which he had scanned from his large collection of negatives and slides along with 24 hours of 8mm and 16mm movie film which he had edited and transferred to DVD discs. The bulk of this collection chronicled the activities of his children as they grew.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Louise M. Conley, along with all eleven of his children from his first marriage: Michael of Manchester, ME; Anne of Princeton, NJ; Elisabeth of New York City; William of Lewisburg, PA; Sarah of Sinking Spring, PA; Robert of Madison, NJ; Patricia of Milford, OH; Eileen of Bromeswell, Suffolk, England; Mary Kathleen of Tucson, AZ; A.J. of New Canaan, CT, and Stephen of Belmont, MA, also two stepchildren: Richard Connolly of Scottsdale, AZ and Diane Connolly of Boulder, CO. In addition, there are thirty grandchildren, one step grandchild and 9 great grandchildren.
There will be a private family service.
In lieu of flowers, donations to The Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 would be appreciated.
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