R. Conlan Jr., Chemist, Committeeman

Posted: June 10, 1991

Richard B. Conlan Jr., 75, a former chemist and Democratic committeeman in Bridesburg, died Saturday at Northeastern Hospital of Philadelphia.

Mr. Conlan lived his entire life at his family home in Bridesburg. He attended All Saints School, Northeast Catholic High School and Drexel University before graduating from St. Joseph's College in 1941.

After a brief tenure as a teacher at South Catholic High School, now Bishop Neumann High School, Mr. Conlan became a registered professional chemical engineer in 1942 and joined the Barrett Co., which Allied-Signal Inc. later bought.

In 1956, Mr. Conlan joined Betz Laboratories Inc. in Trevose, where he worked in various jobs in technical services before becoming administrator of the general services department.

He retired in 1981.

Mr. Conlan was an adviser to the Pulaski Savings Bank's board of directors and a member of the Community Air Monitoring Program, a venture of Allied- Signal, the Rohm & Haas Co. and the City of Philadelphia.

Mr. Conlan was a member of the American Chemical Society, the All Saints' Choir, the Betz 25 Year Club and several other organizations. He served as a Democratic committeeman in the 45th Ward, Third Division.

Surviving are his sister, Frances L. Conlan of Philadelphia; two nieces, and three grandnieces.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Slabinski Funeral Home, 2614 Orthodox St. in Bridesburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 a.m. tomorrow at All Saints' Church, Thompson and Buckius Streets in Bridesburg. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Bensalem.

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