Charles Austin Conrad, M.D., ’88 passed away on May 28, 2016. Charlie was a compassionate physician, loving husband, proud father and devoted family man. Charles was born June 12, 1961 to Dr. Fred G. Conrad and Ann Wright Conrad in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Conrad attended Texas A&M University and received his Medical Doctorate at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (now known as McGovern Medical School at UTHealth).
Charlie married the love of his life, Kim Foster, on June 29, 1985 and had 3 children, Zane, Hayley and Kirsten.
Dr. Conrad was a renowned Neuro-Oncologist who joined MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1992 as a fellow and became a member of the faculty upon the completion of his training. He rose through the academic ranks, ultimately serving as Professor of Neuro-Oncology with a joint appointment in Experimental Therapeutics. He also served as Medical Director of the Brain and Spine Center and Director of Clinical Operations for the Neuro-Oncology department. In 2015, Charlie left MD Anderson to join the Texas Oncology-Austin Brain Tumor Center.
Charlie is preceded in death by his father, Fred, and sisters, Claudia Conrad and Emily Conrad. He is survived by his mother, Ann; his devoted wife, Kim; his son Zane; daughter Hayley and son-in-law Matt Bate; daughter Kirsten; his brother, Roger Conrad and children, Melanie, Trevor and Samantha; sister Elizabeth Conrad Prebeg, husband Matthew and children Zachary, Maxwell and Chance; brother Robert Conrad, wife Amy and children Austin and Cole; and a large extended family.
Charles Conrad was a gifted physician-scientist who devoted himself tirelessly to finding cures and improving the lives of brain cancer sufferers. But to family and friends he was also a sweet, humble, gentle teddy bear of a man who loved his family and loved being home with them watching Star Trek and the Astros.
In memory of Dr. Charles Conrad contributions can be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center. PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486. If sending a check, please make sure to note this gift is in memory of Dr. Conrad. For online gifts, please visit www.mdanderson.org/gifts and select the “Give in Memory” tab. Under the billing information you will see a check box indicating you would like to choose where donations go, please select, then select fund designated by family.