OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University Athletics is mourning the passing of one of its longtime media members, Pete Conrad of the Cox News Service. He died Monday at the age of 56.

A life-long resident of Reily Township, Conrad graduated from Miami University in 1978, spending much of his time working on the Miami Student sports staff.

After graduation, Conrad began working at the Mason and West Chester Pulse-Journal working his way up to Sports Editor. Later, he moved to the Hamilton Journal-News, where he covered the Miami beat for 29 years.

In February 2012, Conrad was named editor of The Oxford Press.

To read the Dayton Daily News' story on Conrad's passing, click here.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Colligan Funeral Home in Hamilton. Visitation will be Friday from 5 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home.