Candy Conrad, Chemonics’ second employee, died July 22, 2009, of lymphoma. She was 59.
Ms. Conrad joined Chemonics in 1976 as company founder Tony Teele’s first hire. Together with Mr. Teele, she helped to build Chemonics from a two-person consulting firm working out of a small one-room office into one of USAID’s largest implementing partners, with more than 90 projects on five continents.
Ms. Conrad served in numerous roles throughout her Chemonics career, including deputy director of overseas operations, chief of party for the LAC TECH project, and senior vice president of the Africa and Africa/Asia divisions. She was also a member of Chemonics’ board of directors and acted as the company’s East Africa representative in Nairobi, Kenya, for three years.
Most recently, Ms. Conrad served as a senior advisor to the company, mentoring and training staff in new business development, strategic planning, and project design and evaluation. In this role, Ms. Conrad helped younger staff members master the intricacies of project development and implementation.
Ms. Conrad will be remembered by her Chemonics colleagues as a gifted mentor who was passionate about both the company and the people who worked for it.
“Candy was incredibly dedicated to Chemonics and to achieving development impact,” said President and CEO Richard Dreiman. “Her impact on the lives of people she worked with in Washington and around the world is immeasurable.”
Africa Senior Vice President Joanne Moore, who was hired by Ms. Conrad in 1996 and worked closely with her for several years, agreed.
“I think one of the hallmarks of Candy’s leadership was how much she genuinely cared about her staff — she was so generous with her time and could help you solve any problem. I was very lucky to have her as a mentor and a friend,” Moore said.
Ms. Conrad is survived by her husband, Richard Parry; two sons, Brandon and Nicholas Parry; her mother, Mary Conrad; and a sister, Denise Conrad.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., July 30, 2009, at St. Albans Parish Church, at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C. A reception at the family home will follow.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to Cancer Research UK.