Daniel Paul Conroy was born in Akron, Ohio. He was the fifth of seven children of Vincent Joseph Conroy and Olga Mary Elison. He graduated from Walsh College in North Canton in 1967. He served in the Peace Corps from 1967-1969 and he taught secondary school science in Maiduguri, Nigeria.

A long-time anti-war activist and draft dodger, he was involved in many marches and demonstrations in the 1970’s.

He enjoyed traveling, which included sailing to Cuba, travel to Europe, hitch-hiking in Africa, and living in Mexico and Jamaica.

He was a long-distance runner, avid reader (especially of science and history) and an amateur astronomer.

A member of the Founders of Great Vow Zen Monastery, he will fondly be remembered by his teachers, priests, and “Dharma Kids”.

He left his physical burdens behind on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 10 a.m.

On Sunday, September 8, 2019, Great Vow Zen Monastery will be hosting a memorial service to honor the life and heart of our dear Danno Seiyu Conroy. This will take place during our Sunday morning program. We will begin with Zazen meditation at 10 am, and the memorial will start at 11 a.m. You are welcome to join us for meditation or arrive at the start of the service. We will share photos, videos, music, and memories. We will conclude with a social lunch at 12:30 p.m.

In his remembrance, please consider making a donation to the Zen Community of Oregon.