Conrad Housley (BS '55)

Conrad Housley, the only child of Robert and Evelyn (née Tootell) Housley, died on January 4, 2013 at age 79 in Long Beach, California, where he had been a resident since 1944. He was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1933. Conrad graduated from Caltech in 1955 with a degree in geology, and did post-graduate work in plant biochemistry at Cal State Long Beach and UC San Diego. He worked as a mining geologist, a teacher, a biochemist in the space program, and as truck driver and dispatcher for Gallo Wine Company, from which he retired in 1995. He was a beloved member of the Long Beach Unitarian Universalist Church, a place where he found that a devout atheist could find a home. In the 1960s and 70s, he was involved in Democratic politics at the state and local levels and twice ran for the Democratic nomination to Congress from Long Beach. He was active in the local ACLU and the South Coast Interfaith Council. Conrad is survived by his wife Gay Lyon, children Chris Housley, Lauren Housley, Mark Dutcher , and Kate Williams, two grandsons, three nieces, and three great-nieces. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach on February 9, 2013 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, deBenneville Pines Camp and Conference Center, Amnesty International, or the World Wildlife Fund. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Jan. 20, 2013