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Last updated: 2:49 p.m. on April 1, 2020

A message regarding the passing of Drury student Caroline Conrad

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Drury University, the athletics department, and the campus community were saddened to learn that Caroline Conrad, a student-athlete on DU's women's bowling team and a prominent campus leader, passed away in an auto accident Tuesday night. She was 19 years old.

Conrad, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, completed her sophomore year at Drury last spring. She was a key member of the Drury women's bowling team during the previous two seasons and was a two-time national All-Academic selection by the National Tenpin Coaches Association. An accomplished student, Conrad was named a Warren White Scholar in 2018 after posting one of highest grade point averages as a first-year student at Drury. 

She was a double-major in Criminal Justice and Psychology and contributed as a campus leader in several organizations. Conrad was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and served as Vice President for Events on Drury's Panhellenic Council. She was also a member of the Student Union Board, an orientation leader for incoming students, and was well-known to many of her fellow students, faculty, and staff and admired by all.

Caroline's parents, Craig and Rebecca Conrad, have been highly supportive of the university through the Parent Council and hosting Drury students at their Memphis home during an alternative fall break trip.

"Caroline was a leader on our campus and exemplified what it means to be a student, teammate, and friend at Drury University," said Drury University President, Dr. Timothy Cloyd. "Just as the addition of each individual adds to the tapestry of our institution, a loss such as this affects us all. Please keep Craig and Rebecca, and all of Caroline's family, friends, teammates, and coaches in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Conrad came to Drury after a distinguished career as a student and a high school bowler. She helped St. Agnes Academy in Memphis, Tennessee to two state championships, she won an individual state title in 2016 and was named Tennessee's Miss Bowling.

"Caroline was an integral part of the success of our team and the definition of a true student-athlete," said Drury women's bowling head coach Larry Hughes. "I have never encountered anyone involved in as many organizations on campus as she was, while still maintaining A+ standards in the classroom and competing at the NCAA level. She was always willing to listen and learn to improve her game, but when not in the lineup became the biggest cheerleader for her teammates. Caroline will be deeply missed by all of us in the bowling program, the athletic department, and the Drury campus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her parents Craig and Rebecca, as well as her sisters, Hannah and Grace. No one will be able to replace the energy of #19."

"My deepest condolences are with Caroline's family today and the members of our women's bowling team," said Drury University Vice President and Director of Athletics Corey Bray. "This is a difficult and sudden loss for Drury Athletics as well as the entire campus. Caroline's personality, leadership, abilities as a student, and involvement in various activities during the last two years, however, positively impacted the Drury community in immeasurable ways."

More information about funeral and memorial services will be forthcoming as details become available.


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