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Daily Press
February 16, 1995

ROBERT N. CONWAY

NEWPORT NEWS – Robert N. Conway of Newport News died Feb. 15, 1995. Mr. Conway was born in 1917 in Rochester, N.Y., and was a resident of the Peninsula for 56 years.

He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1939. Upon graduation, he began a 34-year career at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (later the NASA Langley Research Center). His early work focused on aerodynamics, and he made important contributions to several efforts in the early 1940s to improve propeller aerodynamics on American military aircraft. He spent much of his career in the Langley budget office, and he served as the center’s budget officer for several years. He retired in 1973 as the assistant director for management operations at Langley. Mr. Conway was an avid sailor. He was a member and past commodore of the Hampton Yacht Club, and enjoyed many years of sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic coastal waters and the Bahamas islands. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hampton, where he served for many years as an usher and offering counter. Earlier, he served as a committeeman for Boy Scout Troop 20 in Hampton.

Married for 49 years to the late Janet Conway, Mr. Conway is survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law, Bruce and Carol of Newport News, Michael and Phoebe of McGaheysville, Va., and David and Gail of Fredericksburg, Va.; and by seven grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Conway will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hampton. The family will receive friends in the parish hall following the service.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Mary Immaculate Hospital Last Resort Fund, Attn. Development Office, 800 Denbigh Boulevard, Newport News, Va. 23602.

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