David Lawrence Conlan

August 28, 2021

CHARLOTTE – David Lawrence Conlan, age 88, of Charlotte, NC, died on Saturday, August 28, 2021.  He was born in Medford, Massachusetts on July 30, 1933, the son of F. Theodore and Elizabeth Blair Conlan. 

David graduated from Medford High School and Dartmouth College.  He went on to earn his master’s degree of business administration from the Tuck School of Business in 1956.  David was a three-sport athlete in high school and college and was an inductee into Wearers of the Green, Dartmouth’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Following three years as an instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force, David began what became a 37-year career with Arthur Andersen & Co.  He became a partner in Boston in 1969, held leadership positions in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte, NC; Geneva, Switzerland and Chicago, IL.  Upon his retirement in 1996, he returned to Charlotte and joined longtime friend Smoky Bissell for the start of what would become Ballantyne Corporate Park.  He remained a partner of the Bissell Family until his passing.

David and his wife, Jane were active members in civic and cultural activities at all of their postings.  In Charlotte those included, among others, The Mint Museum, Opera Carolina, United Way, Discovery Place as well as Quail Hollow, Olde Providence and Linville Country clubs.

David is survived by his wife of 54 years Jane; his brother, Alan and four nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his grand and great grand nephews.  David is preceded in death by his sister, Connie and brother-in-law, Larry Wescott, and sister-in-law, Joyce Conlan.

A private graveside service for the family will be held in Needham, Massachusetts. 

Memorials may be made in memory of David to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Judy Holmes

    I met Dave when I disembarked a Lake Geneva paddle boat in the south of Switzerland in 1985. We had never met but my boyfriend had worked for Dave at AA&Co as I did between years at Tuck School and suggested I get in touch with the Conlans if I were in the area. That stay with him and Jane and their showing me the area left a lasting impression. I understood perfectly why everyone who knew him loved and admired him. My husband, Jim Progin, and I will miss him very much and send Jane our deepest sympathies.

  • Joan zimmerman

    David and Jane are my immediate neighbors at Morrocroft. Always a calming and gracious influence. David’s was the first name on the fitness room roster each day. Even though his accent may have said ‘Boston’ he was a true Southern gentleman. He contribute so much to the lives of so many - and will be missed -

  • Jim Matheny

    Dave a beacon of light and a compassionate mentor to me and many others within Arthur Andersen. I admired and respected him above all others I dealt with in my career. He had that rare skill which supported and utilized the positive attributes of everyone. He once told me that as a pilot instructor he could tell from just an interview of a candidate who would ultimately pass the pilot tests. As others have commented his genuine interest in others was an exceptional characteristic of his lifetime approach. A wonderful person who will be missed.

  • Pam Pollock

    John and I are so saddened in learning of Dave's passing. Jane, Skip and the entire family, you have all been in our thoughts and prayers since Dave's collapse in July. When Dad married Connie, he always said he finally had the brothers he missed as an only child. He treasured the trips he and Connie took to North Carolina and proudly wore his Ballentyne hat and vest. He and Connie loved sharing Christmas with you in Salem and Marblehead. He so appreciated Dave's support and care when Connie passed last November, and I am so appreciative of his ongoing support and care when Dad passed in June.

  • Adam Landau

    Over the past few years I had the good fortune to get know Mr. Conlan. Our conversations mainly centered around Quail Hollow Club and the golf course with the exception of two instances. The first of those was at a lunch spot that we happened to run into one another at and decided to sit down together for lunch. During that time I felt like I got to know the sort of gentlemen Mr. Conlan was. He was so interested in my family and loved the fact my youngest daughter was attending Jane's alma matter up in Maine. While we knew one another from afar Mr. Conlan's authentic demeanor and genuine interest about others (in this case my family ) are rare qualities and a testament to what a fine man he was. Months later we bumped into one another while following Howard Bissell play in the pro-am. He clapped for Howard like he was his son and spoke about all of Smokey and Sara Bissell's grandchildren as if they were his own. Those instances are what I will remember most about Mr.Conlan. Jane i am so sorry for your loss and what a true loss it is for all who knew him.

  • C. D. Smith

    I met David for the first time the morning of his arrest on the 6th tee of the Linville Golf Club. On the first tee his accent gave away the fact that he grew up in the Boston area, where at Boston Children's I did my fellowship in pediatric surgery. We had a delightful time bantering back and forth on that gorgeous July 2nd day for the first five holes before his totally unexpected cardiac arrest. Claude Hollingsworth, like me a retired surgeon, resuscitated him for 25 minutes before EMS arrived. Remarkably, he survived that and a subsequent airlift to Johnson City, TN where a stent was placed with subsequent transfer to Charlotte where he received excellent care and made slow but steady progress. Most importantly, Jane was able to be there with him during what turned out to be their final days together. Even though I was essentially a total stranger, I felt honored not only to have had the opportunity to play a part in his care but also to learn about his extraordinary life and about his seemingly endless circle of friends and admirers.

  • ted mueller

    Jane - my condolences for your loss. David (Mr. Conlan as we typically addressed him) was such a pleasure to work with during our time together at The Bissell Companies for so many reasons, most notably his kindness, patience, and support - no matter the circumstance. You couldn't help but smile when David smiled, and his quick wit and positivity made me look forward to our meetings/encounters. You and David are in our family's thoughts and prayers.