Some sad news from American Atheists: Conrad Goeringer died Saturday night at the age of 63. He was an activist who worked for atheist causes for decades, most notably with Madalyn Murray O’Hair during the formative years of the AA organization:
David Silverman, President of American Atheists said, “Those who have been with American Atheists for a few years will remember Conrad’s booming voice and welcoming smile when he emceed the national convention. He was a friend to many, and an invaluable resource to those lucky enough to work with him. He will be missed, and indeed he already is.”
Frank Zindler, Former [AA] President and long-time friend said, “Conrad bid fair to be the most “faithful of the faithless” whom Madalyn Murray O’Hair drew into her inner circle of Atheist activists and came to treat as though he were another son. Conrad devoted his life unreservedly to the advancement of Atheism in general and to the rescue of American Atheists in particular after the murder of the Murray-O’Hair family. The debt we owe to “Comrade Conrad” is far too great to tally.”
I wish I could add more to this post, but I only had the chance to meet him a couple of times and never really had a chance to talk to him beyond some pleasantries. Still, I was on a very active email list with him, and when I was looking back through the emails he had sent over the years, you can see how he was often the first to alert the leaders of various atheist organizations about news stories they may want to take action on. He was also a frequent contributor to American Atheist Magazine and The Humanist.
He dedicated his life to this cause and he’s left us with a strong foundation for the future.