A memorial mass will be held Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the Newman Catholic Student Center. The Rev. Ed Fitzpatrick will officiate the 10:30 a.m. service.
Family will greet friends from 4 - 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a 7 p.m. vigil service will be held.
Dr. Donald J. "Pinky" Conlon, the son of Donald and Delores Conlon, was born June 19, 1933, in Armstrong. He was raised in Spencer, where he graduated from high school. After attending the University of Iowa, where he received a bachelor's degree and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
Mr. Conlon married Patricia Christie on June 22, 1957, at St. Mary's Church in Storm Lake. He was later deployed by the U.S. Army and served as a dental officer in Berlin, Germany. Upon his discharge, he was accepted for advanced training with the pediatric dental department. In 1961, he opened a pediatric dental practice in Iowa City.
Mr. Conlon served as president of the Johnson County Dental Society, the University District Dental Society and was twice chosen as president of the Iowa Pediatric Dental Society. He served as an adjunct professor of UI College of Dentistry, a fellow member of the American College of Dentists and Delta Theta Society, National Academy of Pediatric Dentists, UI Dental Alumni Board of Directors and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society.
The member and past president of Iowa City Noon Rotary, established the Rotary Wheel Club, which raised funds to assist high schools students in need of financial aid for foreign language trips offered each spring, and was a member of the Newman Catholic Student Center and the University of Iowa President's Club. Mr. Conlon was also involved in community service organizations such as athletic booster clubs, the Iowa City Tennis Association, I-Club, a barbershop group, youth baseball, Elks Club and the University Athletic Club.
Mr. Conlon was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Kathleen, and his father- and mother-in-law, Duke and Catherine Christie.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, their three children: Michael Conlon of Iowa City, Michele Conlon of Ames, Patrick "P.J." Conlon and his wife, Shelly, of Iowa City; sister, Marjorie Schott of Council Bluffs; three grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Noon Rotary for the Rotary Wheel Club, the University of Iowa Foundation for Dr. Buatti's Research Project at UIHC or the Newman Catholic Student Center.