Richard W. Conklin, former associate vice president for University Relations at Notre Dame, died Tuesday (May 28) at his home in Mendota Heights, Minn. He was 77.
Conklin, a Minneapolis native, returned to his native region in 2001, having retired from 35-year career directing media relations at Notre Dame. During his tenure as the University’s chief publicist, his responsibilities ranged far beyond routine news writing and publicity advice to include taping an exhaustive series of historical interviews with Notre Dame’s president emeritus Rev. Theodore M Hesburgh, C.S.C.; editing two of Father Hesburgh’s autobiographical bestsellers, “God, Country, Notre Dame” and “Travels with Ted & Ned”; publicizing the dedications of new Notre Dame educational facilities in London and Dublin; oversight of the production of the movie “Rudy,” the first feature to be filmed on the Notre Dame campus since 1940; and supervision of the University’s entrance into the digital information age with the production of a CD-ROM for the University’s admissions office.