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Nelson Garrett Conover ’67

Published in Apr. 19, 2006, issue

Last year, a strong, smiling Gary Conover was known in Talladega, Ala., as the attorney with the salt-and-pepper hair and strange New York accent who never quite wanted to end a conversation. Abruptly diagnosed with colon cancer and an abdominal aneurysm, but comforted by family and friends, Gary died Sept. 11, 2005.

Gary was raised in East Aurora, N.Y. An honors graduate of Nichols School, he captained soccer, hockey, and baseball teams, and was a champion golfer. At Princeton, Gary majored in politics, played freshman hockey, was the renowned entertainment director at Charter and was a King's Inn regular. His roommates included George Bassett, Jay Bramhall, John Fisher, Allen Schroeter, Jim Slocum, and Frank Talcott. A distinctive sense of humor and an easygoing manner won Gary many friends, for whom he cared deeply.

Drawn to the South, Gary earned his law degree at Ole Miss, interrupted by Army service in Vietnam.

Gary married his sister's roommate at the University of Alabama, Muffett Robbs, and settled in her hometown, Talladega, where he became a deputy district attorney and developed a thriving law practice. Gary and Muffett were married for 31 years, and Gary had a wonderful relationship with their daughter, Bry. The class extends condolences to Gary's family and many friends.

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