David Waller MacNiven Conard
Shelburne, Vt. — David Waller MacNiven Conard, a man who lived his life with an enthusiasm and integrity that to this day inspires us all, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, June 24, 2013. David loved, above all, his wife Carol and their children: Lindsey and her husband, Nathaniel, Ian and his fiancée, Mina, and Addie; and his brothers, Nat and Peter and their families; as well as his late parents, Doris and Mac; his community of friends in and around Shelburne and Charlotte; his law partners; his new home and his new tractor, his boats and his truck, his cowboy boots, dancing, skiing, biking, and good wine.
David was born in Pittsfield, Mass. and raised in Vershire, Vt., where his parents founded The Mountain School in 1962 and raised their three sons to love learning, the world, and especially its mountains. He attended Dartmouth College, where he rowed crew, worked on the ski patrol, and relished his friendships in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1982 and from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1986.
After working briefly for the Denver law firm of Morganthaler Pharo doing oil and gas law, David returned to Vermont and joined the law firm of Miller Eggleston, founded a law firm with Tom Little and Bert Cichetti, and finally found his colleagues for life at Langrock, Sperry & Wool.
David led the Board of Directors at the Committee on Temporary Shelter, the Board of Directors of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Thompson’s Point Association in Charlotte, and the Development Review Board of the Town of Shelburne. David’s keen judgment, sharp memory, sense of humor, and boundless energy made him a leading lawyer in real estate and construction transactions and disputes. His quick mind was matched with a huge heart that glowed with his family, reached out to friends and strangers alike, and spoke aloud every day in a rolling laugh that could be heard for miles. David was a builder, of wooden things and stone walls, of friendships and family, of community and of law firms. He is survived by all that he built, by the laughter he brought everywhere he went, and by all that he loved.
A service to celebrate David’s life will be held at UVM’s Davis Center on Tuesday, July 2 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, people may wish to make contributions in David’s memory to: The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, The Committee on Temporary Shelter, or The Kelly Brush Foundation.