George Conrad is an renowned American artist renowned for his allegories.
He was born on 1916 in New Jersey, USA and passed away on 1951 in Cherry Hill, NJ, USA. A member of the Artistic Society of New Jersey, he created many beautiful artworks throughout his lifetime.
He was found guilty of two counts each of felonious assault with a gun and falsifying evidence, leading to 33 years in prison.
Early Life and Education
George Conrad was born in Ohio to Johann Jacob Conrad and Mary Conrad (nee Lowe). Raised with English ancestry in a family, George developed an avid interest in literature as an avid reader.
He began writing novels in 1895 and published his first book, Almayer’s Folly, the same year. Additionally, he maintained friendships with contemporary authors such as John Galsworthy and Ford Madox Ford.
His career as a seafarer began during the early years of his writing. His journeys around the world–to India, Singapore, Australia and Africa–provided him with experiences which would later be reflected in his fiction works.
George Conrad was an accomplished painter and renowned picture restorer. Throughout his career, he displayed his artwork at numerous galleries and was an active member of the Royal Society of Painters-Etchers and Engravers.
He served in the British Army, serving as a Company Sergeant-Major during the Boer War. General Rundle’s farewell speech at Harrismith on 13 June 1900 recognized his service, and on 27 September 1901 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) by Royal Gazette publication.
George went on to become an optometrist, practicing in North Haledon, New Jersey for over 50 years before retiring in 2012. He was a passionate professional who dedicated his life to helping others. His family and patients will always remember him fondly.
Achievements and Honors
George Conrad was an iconic figure in the worlds of art and literature. He is best known for his works of fiction as well as short stories.
He was an accomplished radio pioneer, helping establish the first commercial radio station in America.
Conrad had made a major contribution to communication technology with this groundbreaking breakthrough, which also earned him an impressive salary.
He made a name for himself as an adventurer, spending time sailing in tropical regions and discovering other countries. Additionally, he scaled numerous mountains.
George Conrad was a renowned novelist who created many memorable tales. His most acclaimed works include Almayer’s Folly and Lord Jim, both set in Borneo’s jungles.
His early life was filled with hardship. His parents passed away when he was young, and his father Apollo struggled with tuberculosis.
He was raised by his maternal uncle Tadeusz Bobrowski and sent to school in Krakow, Poland; however, his heart’s desire was to sail.
In 1874, he moved to Marseilles, France and joined the French marine service. His experiences aboard ships such as the Palestine and Narcissus served as inspiration for some of his finest works. Upon returning home, he achieved success as a writer of historical fiction as well as many travel essays and short stories.
Conrad’s net worth is estimated to be $11.4 million. As an independent director of Oracle, he owns 4,445 units of ORCL stock.
He serves as a trustee at Claremont McKenna College and supports military schools by making donations to Year Up, KIPP, and New Visions for Public Schools.
Conrad had a varied resume, including acting, producing and directing for several NBC television series such as Nero Wolfe (1981), Dave the Dude in Damon Runyon Theater’s syndicated anthology series The Damon Runyon Theater’s television adaptation of Silent Men (1951) and bartender in Jason and the Golden Fleece (1952-53).