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Conrad O. "Connie" Orr Jr. ( Missoula 1953 )

posted: Jan 1, 2002

Dr. Orr, 65, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 13, 2000. A Missoula native, he was born January 30, 1935, and was graduated from Missoula County High School in 1953 with nine letters in football, basketball and track. He jumped from 1953 through 1957 to help finance his pre-med education at the University of Montana and his veterinary degree from Washington State University in 1959.

Connie attended Montana on a track and field scholarship and also played basketball for the university. Dr. Orr practiced veterinary medicine in Missoula for 42 years, was a member of several professional associations, and spent much of his time participating in studies involving both wildlife and domestic animals. His affiliations included the National Smokejumper Association, Phi Delta Theta fraternity, the Elks, Kiwanis, and American Legion. He was a founding member of the University of the University of Montana's Grizzly Athletic Association and was its president in 1980.