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Dr. Patrick T. Conley ‘55

Dr. Patrick T. Conley holds an A.B. from Providence College, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame with highest honors, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He has published thirty-three books, including Catholicism in Rhode Island: The Formative Era (1976); Democracy in Decline: Rhode Island’s Constitutional Development 1775–1841 (1977); An Album of Rhode Island History, 1636–1986 (1986); The Constitution and the States (1988); The Bill of Rights and the States (1992) with Dr. John Kaminski; Liberty and Justice: A History of Law and Lawyers in Rhode Island, 1636–1998 (1998); and The Rhode Island Constitution: A Reference Guide (2007) with Justice Robert G. Flanders, as well as more than sixty scholarly articles in history, law, ethnic studies, religion, and political science.  He is now founding president of the Heritage Harbor Foundation.

The youngest person ever to attain the rank of full professor at Providence College, Dr. Conley also practices law and manages a real estate development business. He has served as chairman of the Rhode Island Bicentennial Commission (ri76), chairman and founder of the Providence Heritage Commission, chairman and founder of the Rhode Island Publications Society, and general editor of the Rhode Island Ethnic Heritage Pamphlet Series. In 1977 he founded the Rhode Island Heritage Commission as a successor organization to ri76. 

Dr. Conley was also chairman of the Rhode Island Bicentennial [of the Constitution] Foundation and president of the U.S. Constitution Council. He was founding president of the Rhode Island Senior Olympics and an All-American in the Masters Javelin Throw.  In May 1995 he was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and served as Hall of Fame president from 2003 to 2023.
Pat, who is the father of six children, the grandfather of seven, and the great grandfather of two, lives in Bristol, Rhode Island with his wife and business partner Gail.
La Salle Academy is a high school rich in history and grounded in the person and teachings of Jesus and the Catholic faith, which are core to the school's life and culture. The De La Salle Middle School provides a strong holistic foundation for students to transition into high school. The high school and middle school provide students of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds, a community to foster growth in the tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle’s ideals of faith, service, and community.