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CONATY, Gerald Thomas

Ph.D., LL.D., FRCGS, FG,
Member of the Kainai Honourary Chieftainship
1953 – 2013

Born in Edmonton, Gerry studied archaeology and anthropology at the University of Alberta, Memorial University, and Simon Fraser University. Field projects in Nevada, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Kentucky and northern Alberta were followed by a position as Curator of Archaeology at the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History. Since 1990, he was a senior curator at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and most recently served as Director of Indigenous Studies. There, he shaped a respectful working relationship between the museum and First Nations that became a model for international museum practice. Gerry was instrumental in developing a programme of repatriating sacred items held by the museum, ensuring that they could be returned to the First Nations communities where they could be part of a living culture. By immersing himself in this culture, learning from elders, and by listening, Gerry developed strong friendships over the years. He sought to make the First Nations full partners in interpreting and presenting their culture. Through developing exhibits, public speaking, teaching, and an active publication record, Gerry inspired his colleagues to look at museum collections and their meaning to the community with fresh eyes. His contributions to museum practice and to the First Nations communities were recognized by an honourary degree from the University of Lethbridge, by an appointment as a Fellow of the Glenbow Museum, and as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He was inducted as a member of the Kainai Honourary Chieftainship, an honour that he deeply appreciated. Gerry faced his journey with cancer with resiliency, and with the quirky humour that was his trademark.

He will be sorely missed by his wife Gwyn Langemann and their son Niall Conaty, and by his family; his many friends and colleagues will miss his wise insight, and the inclusive breadth of his vision and experience.

Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church (3602 – 8th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Condolences may be forwarded through Please consider a donation to the Kainai Chieftainship Scholarship Fund, or to the Glenbow Museum.

In living memory of Gerald Conaty a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Gwyn,
    Jerry and I were deeply saddened by the news of Gerry’s passing. We will keep you, and Niall and family in our prayers.
    Much love,

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  2. My sincere condolences to the Conaty family. I met Gerry in 1976 as part of a three-man team on an archaeological excavation at a remote northern Alberta lake. In 1977, I again had the pleasure of working with Gerry along the proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline corridor. My memories are of Gerry’s kindness and generosity towards everyone around him. He was a patient and gentle person with a wonderful sense of humour.

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  3. Ingrid Nystrom :

    Dear Gwyn:

    I was sad to hear that Gerry had passed away. He was always so much fun when he was at SFU. He was my ever-patient square dance partner; never too busy to go along with me when I asked. My heartfelt condolence goes to you and your son.
    With love,

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  4. Don & Grace Micle :

    Gwyn and Niall and Family,

    We were so sorry to hear about Gerry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Don & Grace

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  5. Hello Gwyn, so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure he was a special man and that you and your son will miss him very much. Take care of yourself. Pat Wories

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  6. Lesley Nicholls :

    Gwynn, so sorry to hear the news about Gerry. The last time I saw him was when I was contemplating a trip to Petra and there was an exhibit at the Glenbow, just after I retired. He kindly took me around it before the formal opening which was much appreciated. I never made it to Petra except in my imagination!

    Gerry was fun to be around and I always enjoyed talking to him when he came to the Department.

    My best wishes


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  7. We are so sorry to hear that Gerry has passed away. We know how hard this must be and hope you will find some strength in the fact that Gerry was thought of so highly by so many people. Our heartfelt condolences.

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  8. Tanya Harnett :

    I miss you Gerry. Your wisdom was my gain and I still have questions.

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