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“Dear Kathy and family We are so sorry to hear of Fran's passing. He was our very special cousin and we will never forget him. We will miss his...Read More »
1 of 44 | Posted by: Anne Mullarkey - OH

“Kathy and Family We were shocked to hear the sad news of Fran's passing. We will miss his smiling face at Percy Lake. We hope that you and your...Read More »
2 of 44 | Posted by: Dennis and Pat Woodbridge London

“Kathy & family Fran marked long hot summers for us here in Ireland, my memories of Granny & Grandad(Annie & Johnny) preparing for the American...Read More »
3 of 44 | Posted by: Ann Kiernan jr - Rathkenny

“Kathy, Brendan, Clare, Fiona and Ciaran I am truly sorry for your loss, I will always remember his visits here to Ireland and listening to his...Read More »
4 of 44 | Posted by: Thomas Kiernan - Kells Co. Meath, OH

“Kathy, We are deeply saddened by the news of Fran’s passing and although no words can help to ease your loss, may your memories give you...Read More »
5 of 44 | Posted by: Jerry & Pat Salvucci - Litchfield, NH

“To Clare, Before I coached you in basketball Clare, I met your father at the Montgomery County Courts, where he would visit Judge John Kessler ...Read More »
6 of 44 | Posted by: Timothy Walker - Oakwood, OH

“Well Kathy what can I say? Fran was a person who knew how to get the most out of life and he did that, both academically,socially and physically,...Read More »
7 of 44 | Posted by: Ann Kiernan - Kells

“Sometimes we hear this question asked in an interview, or perhaps we reflect on it in a moment of spiritual introspection: What do you think God...Read More »
8 of 44 | Posted by: Jim Kelleher - Dayton, OH

“He’s running now. The air is sweet, the sun warm on his skin. His limbs are free, his step is light. There is no weight, no pain. He stops on...Read More »
9 of 44 | Posted by: Olivia Kiernan Oxford/Meath Eire

“My condolences during this time of grief. I enjoyed talks we had during the years of watching our children play soccer at Oakwood. He was a good man...Read More »
10 of 44 | Posted by: vince ferraro - centerville, OH

“We were blessed to have met Fran because of Kristi's (our daughter),friendship with Fiona. It was clear from the one time all of us had lunch...Read More »
11 of 44 | Posted by: Dave & Carol Skala - Ann Arbor, MI

“Thinking of you all at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary, Des and Elly ”
12 of 44 | Posted by: Des & Mary Murray - Co Meath, OH

“Kathy, Brendan, Clare, Fiona and Ciaran, You are in our thoughts tomorrow and have been over these past weeks when we were aware of what you have...Read More »
13 of 44 | Posted by: LeAnn Tichenor - FL

“We are so very sad for you Kathy and kids. I thoroughly enjoyed our summer visits at your cottage and at ours. Much love & prayers to all of you...Read More »
14 of 44 | Posted by: Rosemary Rolston - Huntsville

“Mrs. Conte, Brendan, Clare, Fiona and Ciaran, My heart goes out to you. I hope you can find some peace and comfort in the fond memories you share...Read More »
15 of 44 | Posted by: Sarah Kelleher - Blacksburg, VA

“No words no matter how tender, can touch what you're feeling inside no one can soften the sorrow deep down where yor heartaches reside. Still we are...Read More »
16 of 44 | Posted by: The Lennon Family - Windsor

“My heart goes out to you all. I am so sorry for your loss. Thankfully, "Mr. Conte" was part of a strong, loving family that you have to lean upon. ...Read More »
17 of 44 | Posted by: Laura Rittinger (Huban) - Newport, KY

“Dear Kathy and Children, We are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. He was a very kind and intelligent man who radiated a loving...Read More »
18 of 44 | Posted by: Kevin and Marga Huban - Oakwood, OH

“Dear Kathy and Family, Please accept my condolences and prayers at this time of loss. It was a privilege for me to work for Fran from 1988...Read More »
19 of 44 | Posted by: Chuck Roboski - East Lansing, MI

“Dear Kathy, Brendan, Clare, Ciaran and Fiona Our deepest sympathies are with you all. Fran was a kind and gentle soul, always nice to be with. ...Read More »
20 of 44 | Posted by: John Leffering - Waterloo

“My friend, my friend, how sorry I am, yet how happy and grateful I am to have had the paths of our lives cross. As with me, you enriched the lives...Read More »
21 of 44 | Posted by: Dr. Clark Cumings Johnson - MI

“Hard for me to express. I loved Fran. I am in California now or would be trying to help. I am praying for yout family. ”
22 of 44 | Posted by: Georgiana Nye - Dayton, OH

“To the Conte Family, I was a student in Dean Conte's "Comparative Legal Traditions" class. Because of Dean Conte and Prof. Sultan, I fell in love...Read More »
23 of 44 | Posted by: Kenneth E. Brown - Jersey City, NJ

“To the Conte Family: I was so sorry to hear about Professor Conte's illness and recent passing. I worked at UD School of Law for a little over 7...Read More »
24 of 44 | Posted by: Shannon Penn - Dayton, OH

“Dear Fiona, I offer my heartfelt condolences and prayers on the passing of your father. May you fine comfort in you friends and family at this time....Read More »
25 of 44 | Posted by: Darlene Osborne - Newburgh, IN

“So sorry for your loss. Courtney-UDSL Class of '99 ”
26 of 44 | Posted by: Courtney King - OH

“We have been thinking of you these last few weeks and continue to send prayers and loving thoughts to the entire family. We are fond of you all. ”
27 of 44 | Posted by: Roxanne and Jim Semon - Asheville, NC

“My dear Fiona and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful man who will be remembered with fond memories. We are all here for...Read More »
28 of 44 | Posted by: Maggie Thompson - Atlanta, GA

“Dear Conte Family, I am very saddened to hear the news of Fran's death. He was truly a cool guy - worldly and accomplished - who was also a...Read More »
29 of 44 | Posted by: Matt Wolff - Oak Park, IL

“I was saddened to hear of Professor Conte's passing. He was one of my favorite instructors at UDSL. I saw him several times after graduating. He...Read More »
30 of 44 | Posted by: Jenna Beck - Centerville, OH

“I am very saddened to learn of Fran's death. I was his colleague at UD and was on the Search Committee when he was chosen as Dean. He was a real...Read More »
31 of 44 | Posted by: Lawrence Ulrich, Ph.D. - CA

“Professor Conte was a wonderful man. He definitely impacted several students both inside and outside of the classroom. He will be greatly missed...Read More »
32 of 44 | Posted by: Lisa Fannin - Lewisburg, OH

“To the Conte Family- I so enjoyed Fran over the years-he was so passionate about diversity and justice. I will miss him and his death is a real lose...Read More »
33 of 44 | Posted by: tom whelley - Dayton, OH

“Kathy and family: Fran was so kind to me throughout my time on the faculty. His work to develop the law school will be a visible memory of his...Read More »
34 of 44 | Posted by: Pat Rousseau - dayton, OH

“Our prayers and sympathies to the his family and friends. ”
35 of 44 | Posted by: Arthur and Natalie Mann - OH

“Brendan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The Trimbach Family ”
36 of 44 | Posted by: Deb - Dayton, OH

“It was with shock and sadness that I read of the passing of Dean Conte. You take for granted that some people will always be there and he was one of...Read More »
37 of 44 | Posted by: Gilbert Davis - Niceville, FL

“To dear Fiona and the Conte Family, Our hearts go out to all of you in these painful moments. Fiona, you have much of the greatness of your father...Read More »
38 of 44 | Posted by: Carol Skala - Ann Arbor, MI

“Kathy and Family: My heartfelt sympathies at this time - Fran was such a kind soul and supported me always - he will be greatly missed. ”
39 of 44 | Posted by: Janet Hein - Dayton, OH

“Kathy, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know this has to be a hard time for you and your family. Your love for your husband, Fran, was always...Read More »
40 of 44 | Posted by: Carmen Kirkpatrick - Dayton, OH

“We send our sincere condolences. May your many wonderful memories sustain you. fondly, Richard & Melina Mann ”
41 of 44 | Posted by: Melina Mann - La Grange, IL

“I had the pleasure of knowing Dean Conte upon my arrival at UDSL in 1988. He was a wonderful educator and attorney. His dedication to the...Read More »
42 of 44 | Posted by: Patrick Piccininni - Columubs, OH

“Kathy, Fiona, and family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We always loved to hear about your family travels and adventures. Although we are...Read More »
43 of 44 | Posted by: Janice and Rob Field - Oakwood, OH

“Kathy and Family: I am sorry to hear of your loss. May you find some peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. May God bless you with many...Read More »
44 of 44 | Posted by: Kathy Davis - Dayton, OH


CONTE, Francis J. "Fran", age 68, Professor of Law at the University of Dayton School of Law, died Sunday, March 20, 2011 at his Oakwood home. Preceded in death by his father Anthony V. Conte. Fran is survived by his devoted mother Eleanor Conte of Beverly Farms, Mass.; his loving wife Kathleen McShane and their children Brendan, Clare, Ciaran and Fiona. He is also survived by his brother Anthony Conte, Jr. and sisters Joyce Hill and Cheryl Cropley, all of Massachusetts. Fran will also be greatly missed by his Conte & McShane in-laws and his 11 nieces and nephews. Fran was born Aug. 16, 1942 in Salem Mass. He graduated from Beverly High School in 1960, obtained a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1964 and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law in 1969. Fran began his legal career with the Office of Counsel at the Department of the Navy. He then worked as a Legal Services staff attorney, eventually becoming Director of Legal Services for Northwestern Pennsylvania. Fran began teaching law at the University of Montana School of Law, where he was also Director of the Civil Clinical Program. For seven years Fran taught at Detroit College of Law, where he helped establish the Center for Canadian-¬US Law. Since 1987 Fran had been at the University of Dayton School of Law, first as Dean, then as a full-time Professor. During his 14 years as Dean he planned and raised funds for the new law school, Keller Hall, helped develop a new curriculum for students, including a program in Law and Technology, and increased the size and diversity of the faculty. Fran enjoyed his return to the classroom, teaching and mentoring law students both at UDSL and abroad. During the 2008-2009 academic year Fran taught at the University of Warsaw in Poland, as a Fulbright scholar. Fran was also the author of a number of scholarly articles, mostly about international and constitutional law. Fran was active in local and state bar associations, including the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, and as Administrator of the Dayton Bar Association minority student summer internship program. Fran will be remembered for his kind nature and adventurous spirit. He had a lifelong passion for travel and a love of the outdoors. He especially enjoyed summers at his cottage on Percy Lake in Ontario. Above all, Fran was a loving and generous family man, who looked back on his life with much gratitude. He will be truly missed by family, friends, students and colleagues. Family will receive friends on Friday, March 25 from 4:00-8:00PM at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd, Kettering. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 11:00AM at Church of the Ascension, 2025 Woodman Drive, Kettering, Ohio. Interment at Calvary Cemetery will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Fran's name to the University of Dayton School of Law, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469 or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.routsong.com.

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