Howard H. "Howdy" Conaway Jr., founder and president of Conaway Commercial Real Estate LLC, died Feb. 10 at his Glen Rock, Pa., home of complications of the flu. He was 65.
The son of Howard H. Conaway Sr., a lawyer, and Eileen Mitchell Conaway, a homemaker, Howard Hammond Conaway Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in Guilford.
Mr. Conaway attended Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1974 in psychology from what is now Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.
After graduating from college, Mr. Conaway traveled through Europe and Egypt. While living on Mykonos, he met and married his first wife, the former Susan Davis, of Melbourne, Australia. The couple later divorced.
Mr. Conaway returned to Baltimore in 1976 and he began his business career. In 1979, he founded and was president of Conaway Personnel Associates, a professional employment consulting and recruiting firm that specialized in temporary and permanent staffing for law offices.
After earning a real estate license in 1994, he briefly worked for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn and Coldwell Banker. After attaining his broker's license, he joined the commercial real estate firm of David R. Horn and Associates.
After Mr. Horn retired, Mr. Conaway purchased the firm in 1999 and renamed the business Conaway Commercial Real Estate LLC.
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"He was known for his fair-handedness and for his energy, persistence and honesty," said a sister, Anne W. Conaway of Stevenson. "He filled rental units with doctors, ministers and engineers from many cultures, countries and divergent backgrounds."
The longtime Roland Park resident, who moved to Glen Rock several years ago, enjoyed raising pygmy goats and bred bull mastiffs.
He also liked playing his guitar, attending a weekly poker game and listening to and collecting Grateful Dead recordings.
In addition to his sister, Mr. Conaway is survived by his estranged wife, the former Mai Tuisk of Pasadena; a daughter, Leocea McLanahan of Conowingo; another sister, Mary M. Conaway of Stevenson; and three nephews.