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Richard Conner ’49

Richard Conner ’49, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, died at home Sept. 21, 2016. He was 92.

Richard graduated from Swarthmore in 1949, his studies interrupted by a tour of duty in the postwar Army. Following in his physician father’s footsteps, he enrolled at Temple University Medical School, but he left before finishing and moved to Millville, N.J., where he became a partner in PDQ Products, a manufacturer of flying model airplane kits. In the mid-1950s, Richard separated from PDQ and started Rennoc Games and Toys in Port Norris, N.J. While manufacturing there, he met and later married Janet Berry. Richard made significant philanthropic efforts in the community, including the founding of Hendricks House, a halfway house for people in recovery from substance abuse, and the charitable Rennoc Corporation Foundation. He was also an avid tennis player.

 

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