OXFORD, Ohio—As part of the RedHawks’ football home opener on Saturday, Sept. 21, versus Cincinnati, Miami University Athletics will honor the memory of a 1978 alumnus and long-time friend of the department. Pete Conrad, a long-time sports writer and sports editor for the Hamilton Journal-News and most recently editor of the Oxford Press, will be publicly recognized during Saturday’s game. Prior to the game, a plaque in his memory also will be dedicated in the Yager Stadium Press Box in honor of his nearly three decades covering Miami Athletics.

The fund for the plaque dedicated in his memory was established through Miami University Athletics by several of his colleagues and friends at the Hamilton Journal-News, in the journalism profession and throughout greater Southwest Ohio.

Conrad took great pride in bringing the previews, recaps and human interest stories of Miami Athletics to the Butler County audience. Over the years, he traveled near and far to cover events and was there to profile several of the iconic personalities and share many of the major moments in Miami Athletics history with his readers. Often a soft-spoken individual, Conrad was the consummate professional and always approached interviews on any subject with great integrity.

He will be fondly remembered by the Miami family for his devotion to covering Miami University Athletics as both a reporter for the Miami Student and during his journalism career upon his graduation.

Conrad passed away at the age of 56 on March 4, 2013. He was a life-long resident of Reily Township and a graduate of Talawanda High School. Upon his graduation from Miami, he served as a writer for the Mason and West Chester Pulse-Journal before taking a position as a sports writer and then sport editor for the Hamilton Journal-News.

He is survived by two young daughters, Jasmin, and Carmella, and David, a young man he considered to be a son. He also is survived by three sisters.