on August 21, 2013 - 9:52 PM
Oct. 15, 1924 – Aug. 16, 2013
Dr. Carl Roger Conrad, known for making house calls and treating generations of families from a Williamsville practice for more than 50 years, died Friday in his home in Greenville, S.C. He was 88.
He was inducted into the Army at 18 and served in Europe during World War II, where he discovered his vocation. After his feet froze waiting in a foxhole, he was flown to England to convalesce and was so impressed by his care that he decided to study medicine when he got home.
A doctor of internal medicine, he was a caring, respected physician chosen as the personal physician for many local doctors, said Anne Conrad, his daughter.
“He was very hardworking ... He treated the Sisters of St. Francis for free,” she said. “He was one of the last doctors in Buffalo who still made house calls.”
If a patient couldn’t come to his office, he would go check on them. His oldest patient lived to be over 100. “He kept them going for a pretty long time,” his daughter said.
He retired in 2007 at age 82. He and his wife moved from Clarence to Greenville last year to be closer to family.
He was born in Germany, immigrated to the U.S. when he was 4 and grew up bilingual in Buffalo. He loved to sail, fish, go to plays at Studio Arena Theatre and travel.
Survivors include his wife, the former Barbara Sperling; two daughters, Anne and Karen; and a son Carl. Another daughter, Kristine Geoffroy, died in May.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 8500 Main St., Clarence.