Remembering Conal Furay

| November 14, 2012

Webster University has learned of the passing of long-time and beloved Webster colleague Conal Furay, professor emeritus of History, Politics and Law. The University expresses deepest sympathy to his many colleagues, friends and family.

Conal Furay

Conal Furay, 1927 – 2012

Conal’s contributions since he first began his nearly 40-year career at Webster were many, and they helped advance the University to where it is today. While at Webster, he chaired the history department and taught such courses as American Business History, the Western in Film and Story and the Architecture of Webster Groves.

His publications include The Grass-Roots Mind in America (Franklin Watts, 1977) and Learning American History: Critical Skills for the Survey Course (Harlan Davidson, now in its 3rd ed., 2010 and co-written with Michael Salevouris).

He was raised in Omaha, Neb., and earned a doctorate from St. Louis University. A lifelong horse racing enthusiast, he enjoyed Nebraska Cornhusker football and golf. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and several children and grandchildren.

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Visitation – Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
4 – 8 p.m., Gerber Chapel
23 W. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves, Mo. 63119
(314) 968-2000

Funeral Mass – Friday, November 16, 2012
10 a.m., Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
17 Joy Ave.
Webster Groves, Mo. 63119

Interment – Friday, Nov. 16, 2012
Resurrection Cemetery
6901 Mackenzie Rd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63123

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, 619 North Second Street, St. Charles, Mo., 63301, or the St. Louis chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, Campus Box 8111, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, Mo., 63110.


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  1. Robert J. Fry says:

    So sad to hear about Conal’s passing. He was such a nice, gracious person, so easy to talk with. He always had a smile as a greeting.
    I recall he was a super Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Some years when Mizzou would play Nebraska in football, i would slip a “Go Mizzou” sticker in with his paycheck (back when we mailed or hand distributed the paychecks).

    He was a true gentleman.