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John Anthony Conlin, Jr.

Male 1923 - 2019  (96 years)


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  • Name John Anthony Conlin 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 11 Jan 1923  Nutley, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Birth 11 Jan 1923  Oak Ridge, Anderson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Occupation Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1 Bethel Valley Rd., Oak Ridge, Anderson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Engineer 
    Reference Number PERS227 
    Residence Oak Ridge, Anderson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence Maryville, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 27 Apr 2019  Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I225  Zellner Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Dec 2019 

    Father John Augustus Conlin, Sr.,   b. 28 Aug 1893, Belleville, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1973, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Marie Agnes Christmas Boehm,   b. 25 Dec 1897, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1990  (Age 92 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 15 Nov 1919  Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F6881  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaret Mary Schirmer,   b. 5 Jun 1924, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 2016, Oak Ridge, Anderson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 1951  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Abt 1978  [1
    Reference Number MARR1171 
    Children 
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    Last Modified 4 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F110  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alice Clare Dubose,   b. 12 Mar 1927, Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 2015, Maryville, Blount, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 1989 
    Last Modified 4 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F6882  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jan 1923 - Nutley, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 11 Jan 1923 - Oak Ridge, Anderson, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Engineer - - Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1 Bethel Valley Rd., Oak Ridge, Anderson, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Oak Ridge, Anderson, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Maryville, Blount, Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1951 - New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Apr 2019 - Tennessee, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 

    • With a view to the future: Land conservation group raises funds to preserve property in natural state

      By Robert L. Wilson

      Friday, October 26, 2007

      MARYVILLE - John and Alice Conlin love the rolling 84 acres they live on in south Blount County.

      And they are not interested in seeing "the land all torn up," even after they are no longer here.

      So the Conlins - he is 84 years old and she 80 - have placed a conservation easement on their land so that no one in succeeding years can subdivide the land and plant houses or businesses all over it.

      The Conlins were among more than 170 people attending a $100-a-head reception and fundraiser Thursday night at the Preservation Plaza in downtown Maryville where the Foothills Land Conservancy announced its "25 in 25" program.

      The focus of the project is to place 25,000 acres of East Tennessee land under protection from development by the time the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2010, said Bill Clabough, FLC's executive director.

      The conservancy already has preserved about 17,000 acres through acquisition and easements and plans to protect almost half again that much in the coming two years or so, Clabough said.

      The conservancy is a nonprofit group dedicated to "protection and preservation of conservation values of natural and productive landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains and their surroundings," according to its Web site.

      And it is people like the Conlins they are trying to reach.

      John and Alice Conlin have lived on their tract for 23 years, John Conlin said, and their five children are scattered from Alaska to North Carolina and West Virginia, meaning the property's future could be uncertain without the conservation easement.

      John Conlin is an engineer with an MIT education who is retired from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In an earlier vocation, he worked on the X-2 experimental aircraft that flew to 90,000 feet and faster-than-sound speeds.

      Alice Conlin is a retired nurse anesthetist at St. Mary's.

      Their home is on a 2-acre tract, and the easement they have agreed to allows for one more house to be built on the 84 acres. The rest is protected, they said.

      The Conlins' home sits on an old railroad bed, he said, that was used to build Calderwood Dam.

      Alice says her husband is a true man of nature.

      "John loves trees," she said. "He plowed up the garden and planted trees."

      Their easement was signed about 10-12 years ago, John Conlin said.

      "I love the woods and nature and wild animals," he said.

      Alice Conlin loves the wild azaleas and rhododendrons that bloom there.

      It remained unclear Thursday night how much the Foothills Land Conservancy raised at its event, which included a live and silent auction.

      It is through such events, private donations and some small grants added in, that the conservancy gets funding for its budget.

      In coming months, the FLC is planning to focus on land conservation in the Little River watershed, Clabough said.
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      John Conlin, a man of many talents, passed April 27, 2019. He was born in January of 1923 to Jack and Marie Conlin of Hillside New Jersey. He attended MIT, getting a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He enlisted in the Navy and went to Officer’s Training at Cornell University. He then returned to MIT to get a second BS in Mechanical Engineering. The Navy sent him to Memphis Tennessee to learn airplane mechanics. John was on board a ship out of San Francisco when the bombs were dropped. He spent the next year on Guam.

      Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, John worked on supersonic rocket development for Curtis Wright out of New Jersey for about 5 years. When Curtis Wright dropped the rocket business, he worked with Bell Aircraft on the X-11 rocket powered aircraft which were dropped out of bombers to launch. When asked to relocate to Buffalo NY, John declined and resigned his position. This turned out to be a good decision as the engineers that took his place fell out of the bomber aircraft into Lake Erie and were never found. He and his first wife, Margy (nee Schirmer) moved near Malibu, California, where John went to work for North American. Shortly after that he was offered a position in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He was brought there to build the atomic airplane which proved impractical. He continued to work in Oak Ridge and coordinated work between Oak Ridge, Arco, Idaho, and Hanford, Washington.

      John was always interested in the way things worked. He built an 18-foot sailboat and recruited his children to help bend the steamed keel and side planks around forms. He was an accomplished carpenter/cabinet maker, fixed the vehicles and appliances of our home. Once he repaired the 15 plus year-old Hoover vacuum cleaner that he had given his wife Margy as an engagement present rather than buy a new one. After retirement, he moved to Maryville where he enjoyed his many dogs and rural life. He set aside his 80 plus acres to the Foothills Nature Land Conservancy trust. At 86 he was the oldest member of a Clipper ship crew where he climbed the masts, hoisted the sails and got to relive a sailor’s life.

      John retired in 1988. He married Alice Inklebarger in 1989. He is survived by 7 children and one dog. He hopes to see his many dogs in heaven; we hope he sees them too.
      In lieu of flowers send donations to the Michael Dunn Center/Foundation, Development Office, 629 Gallaher Rd., Kingston TN 37763.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S114] Kelly Sieben, Response to questionnaire, January 2013.

    2. [S56] Das Mager-Buch: Geschichte einer Familie aus vier Jahrhunderten (Erganzungsband zum "Mager-Buch" 1935), Dr. Edwart Mager, (Name: Freiburg im Breisgau, 1972;), 81.

    3. [S204] Vincent Burke.