House Honors Late Speaker

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House has honored former Speaker John J. Conard Sr., who died in October.

A resolution praising him won approval on a unanimous voice vote.

Conard served in the House in 1959-69 and as speaker in 1967-69, as a Republican from Greensburg. He also was the unsuccessful GOP nominee for lieutenant governor in 1968. He later became director of university relations for the University of Kansas and was an assistant to three chancellors.

He was chief of staff for Gov. Robert Bennett in 1975 and served as the executive director of the state Board of Regents in 1976-82.

Conard died in Lawrence at age 86.

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