david-conoverIt is with a heavy heart that I share with you that our friend and colleague, CAPT David Conover, Ph.D., passed away November 16, 2014 at the age of 69 years. Dave completed a 30-year career as a Commissioned Officer in the PHS in 2001 after spending the last 28 years with the NIOSH Division of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences, and then DART. For decades, he was the leading NIOSH researcher and an internationally recognized expert in the measurement of radio-frequency (RF) radiation exposures in complex, real-world environments. Nearly all present-day RF measurement devices are derivatives of instruments he developed. Following his retirement in 2001, he continued to assist both DART and DSHEFS researchers in field studies of radiation exposure for a number of years.

In addition to being an exceptional researcher, Dave was recognized by his colleagues, both within and outside of NIOSH as a warm and kind man with a contagious laugh, and as a scientist whose depth one might not immediately appreciate in the face of his cheerfully unassuming demeanor. He is known by many as an exceptional mentor, accessible and always eager to share his knowledge. Dave is survived by his wife, Becky, and daughter Laura (Anthony), one grandson, and a brother.

Services are being held at the Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, Ohio with visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, with the funeral on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, Community Christian Church or Mid-India Christian Services, P.O. box 119, Bethel, Ohio 45106.