Thomas Robert Conlon, a 30-year resident of Los Altos Hills, died peacefully of cancer on Sept. 11. He was 71.
The firstborn son of native San Franciscans, "Tom" Conlon grew up an altar boy and on the ballfields of San Francisco's Portola district.
He was a graduate of St. Joseph's School (1953) and received his bachelor's degree from St. Patrick's Seminary (1955) and master's degree from the University of San Francisco (1967).
Mr. Conlon played tennis and rode his bike through the apricot orchards of Los Altos Hills long before the town was incorporated. He also served in the U.S. Army (Germany, 1959).
Known to his classmates as "Dink," Conlon was educated as a priest but called to teach.
For 36 years, Mr. Conlon was a master teacher at El Camino High School in South San Francisco.
There, he opened thousands of minds to Aristotle, Yeats and everything in between. His heart, home, family, library and travels were all as open to his students as his classroom.
The unofficial ambassador of Tripoli, Conn., Mr. Conlon was social and active in town affairs. If he didn't know you, he likely knew your neighbor or kin.
Husband of 42 years to June M. Conlon, Mr. Conlon is also survived by his brother and sister, Patrick J. and Sister Ann M. Conlon; four children, Thomas P. Conlon (Taylor McCandless), Pamela M. Sandhu (Kulwant), Edward D. Conlon (Elisa Stephens) and Hillary A. Conlon (Louis Demers); and seven grandchildren, Hanspreet, Chandpreet, and Raspreet Sandhu, Sage and Emma Conlon, and Elia and Brigitte Demers.
These and hundreds of other family members, friends, students, neighbors, colleagues, seminarians and Lions around the world will surely miss him.
A memorial service, with a reception to follow, will be held at 3 p.m., Oct. 3, at Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post St. (at Mason), San Francisco. Interment will be private. Gifts to the Thomas R. Conlon Scholarship Fund are welcome: University of San Francisco Development Office, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco 94117.