Judge Conrad Sindt, ’69: A Reflection, a Community Gathering

Monday, February 17, 2020

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to you today to share a few words to recognize and celebrate the incredibly impactful life of Judge Conrad Sindt, who unexpectedly lost his life at his home last week.

Conrad dedicated his career to public service in Calhoun County. For 24 years, he served on the bench of the Circuit Court; for 14 years before that he was a county prosecutor. And for five years, he served as a police officer here in Albion.

He was proud of Albion—the City and the College. He wasn’t born here or even in Michigan; Conrad grew up on an Iowa farm, and came to Albion seeking the small, close-knit liberal arts college experience we all know so well. Not long after he arrived, he found lots of reasons to stay.

I usually saw Conrad in the presence of his wife, Peggy, with whom I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate on a number of important initiatives and projects in Albion these last six years. Together as leaders and as Albion College graduates—Conrad in 1969, Peggy in 1973—they have been stalwarts of this community. In recent years, following Conrad’s retirement from the Court, I was fortunate to have several conversations with them as they deepened their commitment to the College by supporting experiential learning opportunities for our students and accepting an invitation to serve as co-chairs for our comprehensive campaign, Purple & Bold.

When one interacted with Judge Sindt, you knew this was someone who lived his life with purpose and with a clear conscience. He excelled in running an orderly courtroom, but he also loved being outside in nature—often with their horses—and reveled in the adventures this brought, particularly his solo riding trips in the mountains out west.

Conrad exuded calm and confidence in everything he did. You just had the feeling that what you saw was what you got: a person of great integrity who cared deeply for his friends and his community.

I encourage you to read more about our neighbor, friend, public servant and fellow Briton in the Sindt family obituary. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 28, at 2:30 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel, with visitation starting one hour prior to the service.

Over the coming days and weeks, I am certain we will all reflect on our fond memories of Conrad. And, I suspect that for many, like me, those memories will be intermingled with thoughts of Peggy. I hope that we all will embrace those memories of Conrad and thoughts of Peggy during this difficult time for their family.

Mauri A. Ditzler
President, Albion College