July 12, 2024

Sharing Sad News in the Passing of Senior Vice President Emeritus H. Conrad Warlick

The following message is from the Chief of Staff:

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of H. Conrad Warlick, senior vice president emeritus and professor emeritus of education. From the first days he was hired in admissions, to the day he retired in 1997 and beyond, Conrad was deeply committed to Mary Washington, helping many students and employees find their home here.

Conrad moved to Fredericksburg with his wife Anne in 1974 coming from the University of Virginia to serve as associate dean for admissions, just as Mary Washington College became a separate institution from UVA. He earned his Ed.D. at the University of Virginia, following a M.A. from the University of North Carolina and a B.A. from Wake Forest College. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

At Mary Washington, Conrad also served as an executive assistant to the president for President Anderson and was the first person appointed to be the senior vice president for administrative and student services in 1990, a job that incorporated some of the duties previously assigned to the executive vice president. In his retirement, he served on the UMW Foundation Board and numerous civic organizations in Fredericksburg.

Through his tenure, he had a leadership role in connecting campus to the community and the world. The University of Mary Washington A Centennial History 1908-2008 notes how “the gregarious Warlick had been instrumental in a number of notable changes on campus.” Notable were the fiber-optic system, building the Phi Beta Kappa key beside Campus Walk, and playing a pivotal role in establishing FRED, the city’s bus service, as he served as the MWC liaison with the transportation system.

Constantly mindful of the image and excellence of Mary Washington, Conrad’s enthusiasm never faltered, and many of us still remember his work and his lasting impact on our campus today. We extend our sympathies to his family and remember his impact on campus and all who had an opportunity to work with him.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2024 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Following the burial, a reception will be held at 1 p.m. at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover St., Fredericksburg. For more information about Conrad’s life and impact, where to make donations or to sign the guest book, please see his obituary online.

Jeff McClurken
Chief of Staff

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