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academic administrator , educator , writer

Ralph Wendell Conant was American academic administrator, writer, educator. Named Distinguished Alumnus, University Vermont, Burlington, 1978. Executive director Citizens for Michigan, 1959-1960; trustee Shimer College, since 1978; chairman Shimer College Foundation, since 1982; candidate United States Congress, 1st District, Maine, 1982, 86; member Democratic State Committee, 1984-1992, Maine State Board Education, 1985-1990.

Background

Conant, Ralph Wendell was born on September 7, 1926 in South Hope, Maine, United States. Son of Earle Raymond Conant and Margaret Verrill (Long) Young.

Education

Bachelor, University Vermont, 1949. Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1959.

Career

Assistant professor Michigan State University, E. Lansing, Michigan, 1955-1957. Research associate National Municipal League, New York City, 1957-1959. Assistant professor University Denver, 1960-1962.

Assistant director Joint Center for Urban Studies, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1962-1967. Associate director Center for Study of Violence, Brandeis University, Waltham, 1967-1969. President Southwest Center for Urban Research, Houston, 1969-1975, Shimer College, Mount Carroll, Illinois, 1975-1978, Unity (Maine) College, 1978-1980, Conant Associates, Winslow, Maine, 1980-1987.

Dean Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York, 1987-1989. Senior fellow Phelps Stokes Fund, New York City, since 1989.

Works

Membership

Executive director Citizens for Michigan, 1959-1960. Trustee Shimer College, since 1978. Chairman Shimer College Foundation, since 1982.

Candidate United States Congress, 1st District, Maine, 1982, 86. Member Democratic State Committee, 1984-1992, Maine State Board Education, 1985-1990.

Connections

Married Audrey Florence Karl, August 27, 1950 (deceased February, 2001). Children: Beverlie Elaine, Lisa Audrey, Jonathan Arnold (deceased).

father:
Earle Raymond Conant Young

mother:
Margaret Verrill (Long) Young

spouse:
Audrey Florence Karl

children:
Beverlie Elaine Conant

Lisa Audrey Conant

Jonathan Arnold Conant (deceased)