In Memoriam: Robert D. Conn, M.D.

Dr. Robert Conn

Robert Dean Conn, M.D., a prominent cardiologist and former chairman of the department of medicine at the UMKC School of Medicine, died on Saturday, Aug. 6, following a battle with ALS. He was 77.

A long-time Kansas City physician, Conn joined the School of Medicine in 1974 as a clinical professor of medicine. He was appointed chairman of medicine in 1980 and also served as a docent. He also served as vice-chair of the department of medicine and co-director of the cardiovascular fellowship program at Saint Luke’s Hospital.

A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Conn completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Washington. He later served as an associate professor at the University of Washington and was physician in chief at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle before returning to Kansas City in 1974 to join a private practice.

Kansas City Magazine recognized him as a Kansas City Outstanding Doctor and a Kansas City Super Doc.

He is survived by his wife, Rogene, three children, 10 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kan.

For the complete obituary, visit the Kansas City Star.

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