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

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Letter from the President and Chairman

Fellow Britons,

It is a great honor to serve you—the entire Briton Family. We are a broad and diverse group that is inclusive of not only alumni, but of every person who holds Albion College in high regard for the profound impact it makes.

In 1835, Albion College was founded on the frontier of Michigan Territory with a single primary purpose: to enhance, enrich, and empower its community.

Well into the 21st century, that purpose is just as relevant. We still imagine ourselves as a frontier college. The frontiers are different—driven by intellectual, societal, and technological forces—and our mission is much broader, but our founders’ extraordinary efforts serve as an enduring guide.

Together over the past five years we have pursued that purpose with a fervent determination. We have witnessed the grit and gumption of our graduates—Brits who lead some of our country’s most storied corporations, shape the pioneering medicine that will transform health care tomorrow, educate our youngest future leaders, nourish our spirits with inspiring art, and serve our communities as thoughtful and inclusive citizens. At home in Albion we have watched, with a keen eye, those same attributes take root and grow.

As we look toward the College’s 185th birthday, we are launching the public phase of Albion College’s $100 million comprehensive campaign. An effort that began quietly in 2014 will shape this College’s future—because of your belief in, and commitment to, our purpose.

We are humbled by your trust and confidence, but not surprised. Instead we are reminded once again that Britons are audacious and bold. Individually and together, we dream no small dreams. Io Triumphe!


Mauri Ditzler
16th President of Albion College

J. Donald Sheets, ’82
Chairman, Board of Trustees

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