News & Press: In Memoriam

Remembering David Conn, California Polyntechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Monday, March 13, 2017  
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Dear ACSP colleagues,

David Conn, a wonderful colleague, a kind soul, and a champion for making Cal Poly a better university, suddenly passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

David always spoke from the heart and possessed a keen wit that made each conversion with him a pleasant experience.  David spent more than a decade as Cal Poly’s Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Undergraduate Education, where he provided the vision and the leadership that improved undergraduate education. He invested in interdisciplinary courses such as the UNIV series and the Honors Program that led to him being honored for “extraordinary contributions to student success”.  At the CAED, he assisted in the review of the college Retention, Promotion and Tenure guidelines, and led faculty teams in the preparation of the State of California multi-hazard mitigation plan.  As a professor of City and Regional Planning, he taught environmental planning. David advocated, in word and in deed, for a more inclusive society where people gained by sharing experiences with each other.  This led to a pioneering new course with the Psychology Department entitled Intergroup Dialogues, which is now part of his legacy.  Certainly, his students and his colleagues in many CAED departments,  have gained much for knowing him.  Prior to coming to Cal Poly, David taught at Virginia Tech and at UCLA. He shared his experiences with all who needed his time and wisdom. He is missed.

Christine Theodoropoulos, Dean
College of Architecture & Environmental Design

Michael Boswell, Department Head
City and Regional Planning Department

Bill Siembieda, Professor
City and Regional Planning Department

Announcement of Memorial Service from Congregation Beth David:

Our Heartfelt Condolences to the Conn and Nunley Family
It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the recent passing of David Conn, father of Danya Nunley and of Max Conn, grandfather of Eliana, Liora, Naomi and Willow Nunley and of Talia and Mariella Conn.

Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 31st at 2:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth David.
Condolences may be sent to:     
Judith Conn
781 Stratford
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

No flowers, please.

Donations in David's memory may be made to: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Oxfam, or New Israel Fund.

All of us at Congregation Beth David join in offering our most sincere condolences to the entire family of David Conn.

Zecher tzaddik livracha - may the memory of the righteous be for a blessing and may their memory continue to bless us all.


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