Dr. Robert Sheridan Conrad passed away on October 17th, 2013 in Katy, Texas at the age of 52. Not only was Dr. Conrad an accomplished scholar, lecturer, and practitioner, he was a loving husband and father to three daughters. His many interests made him a well-rounded man, spending his free time as a supporter of the Katy area FFA program, raising horses and cattle, and devoting time each year to the MS Society as a unique, memorable Leader in the Movement.
For more than 10 years, Dr. Conrad supported the BP MS150 Bike Ride by playing his bagpipes to encourage riders on the Bechtel Challenge route. What started as a way to support a friend, turned into an annual tradition and family affair.
Every April, he and his daughter Stephanie would make the drive out to LaGrange, and pick out a good spot on the route for day two. Cyclists who have ridden the Bechtel Challenge Route over the past 10 years cannot forget the famous Bag Piper. Many cyclists would stop along the route to snap a picture with him, shake his hand, and enjoy the music. We know that the more than 6,000 cyclists who take the Bechtel Challenge Route again this year will remember Dr. Conrad and the inspiration he shared through his talent and dedication.
It’s not every day you meet a Bag Pipe player, and it certainly isn’t a volunteer position we as an organization would have thought to recruit for specifically. We are very fortunate that Dr. Sheridan chose to share his talent to bring joy to our cyclists and he will be sorely missed in the years to come.