Shana Conron died peacefully on December 19, 2018 after a period of declining health. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri on November 15, 1939. She received an AB from Washington University in St. Louis, an MA from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and a JD from Columbia University in New York in 1977. She practiced law as an associate in the firm of Chadbourne & Parke in New York City until 1983, when she joined Citibank, N.A., where she held legal posts in the corporate and investment division and the general counsel’s office until being appointed head of the legal department for the global transaction services division, and then chair of the board of directors of Citibank Delaware, until her retirement at the end of 2003.
Ms. Conron served on the boards of various organizations, including the YWCA, the United Way, the World Affairs Council, the Business Roundtable, and participated in volunteer programs in the public school system and in gardening in the public parks of New York City. She moved to Sag Harbor in 2004. She was a volunteer gardener for the Longhouse Reserve following her certification as a master gardener in 2007. In Sag Harbor, she was an active volunteer in the Sag Harbor Tree Fund, the John Jermain Memorial Library, and the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island.
Ms. Conron is survived by her daughter, Rachel Meyer Conron, and her sister, Rina Rimel Sjolund and brother-in-law Richard Sjolund, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews; and friends all over the world. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael A. Conron, an aviation industry executive with whom she lived on several continents. Her time in France led to a sustained love of French language and literature that carried through to reading much of Proust in the original, and to orchestrating French-only meals and conversation groups wherever she went. Her family and friends will remember her as a great connector, nurturing lifelong friendships by bringing together people who would otherwise never have met, assembling a patchwork of loved ones, not unlike the unique moss garden she created inch by inch at her Sag Harbor home.
Donations in Shana Conron’s memory may be made to the Sag Harbor Tree Fund, the John Jermain Memorial Library and the Perlman Music Program.