Tom Conner died after a brief illness on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at Piedmont Hospital. He was born Feb. 3, 1925 at old Piedmont Hospital, raised on Lullwater Road in Druid Hills, and attended grade and high school at Druid Hills School.
Prior to service in the Navy during World War II, Tom attended Davidson College. Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended Emory University School of Dentistry, graduating in 1951.
He pursued graduate studies at The Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and performed his residence at Grady Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Atlanta. He entered private practice with his father, Dr. Thomas Conner, Sr., in 1954 and retired in 1989.
Tom was a member of the local, state, and American Dental Societies, The American Society of Oral Surgeons, The American Board of Oral Surgeons, and the Southeaster Society of Oral Surgeons, where he served as president in 1987.
He was a life member of the Capital City Club, the Homosassa Fishing Club, the Peachtree Rod and Gun Club, and past member of The Old Timers – Atlanta Rotary Club.
Tom was predeceased by his parents, Miriam Sneed Conner and Thomas Conner, Sr., his son, Owen Bowden Conner, his wife, Margaret Bowden Conner, and his sister, Ruth Conner Fristoe.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Conner III and daughter-in-law Nancy Vileno Conner, and his sister Miriam Conner Jones, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Northside United Methodist Church, Dr. Gil Watson presiding, with burial following at Westview Cemetery. The family will receive guests prior to the service.
Donations may be made to the Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30498 or to Northside United Methodist Church, 2799 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.