Pete Conrad will be remembered as a “gentle giant,” a kind, softspoken man and a journalist who always gave everyone a fair shake.
Conrad, editor of The Oxford Press and longtime Miami University sports reporter, died March 4 at University Hospital in Cincinnati.
Born March 22, 1956, in Hamilton, Conrad was a life-long resident of Reily Twp. He graduated from Talawanda High School in 1974 and Miami University in 1978.
Pat Diangelo, founder and publisher of the Mason and West Chester Pulse-Journal, gave Conrad his first job when he graduated from Miami University.
“He was the first sportswriter I hired for the paper,” Diangelo said. “To me, he was like a son, and a big teddy bear who couldn’t hurt a soul.”
“He was a dedicated writer and never did anything that would upset anybody,” he said, “but was not the type of person who would get upset if someone didn’t like what he had put in the paper.”