Dr. Joseph Pierce Conaty, MD. 1925-2017.



March 13, 1925 – November 12, 2017


J. Pierce Conaty died peacefully on November 12th, 2017 surrounded by his loving family and caregivers from Park Vista. He was 92 years old. 


Pierce was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He attended L.A. High School, Loyola and Gonzaga Universities, and USC School of Medicine – Class of 1951. He served in the Navy during World War II, and later in the Korean War as a Medical Officer. After completion of his orthopedic training at L.A. County/USC and Boston's Children Hospital, he began his 34-year private practice in Fullerton, CA. 


During his career, he was actively involved in numerous orthopedic societies and hospital committees. Dr. Conaty also served as a Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at both USC and UCI. In addition, he also helped establish the Surgical Arthritis Service at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center where he served as Chief for that service for over 30 years. 


J.P., as he was called in his early years, met and married the love of his life, Joan Brady, while serving in the Navy in Hawaii in 1953. They were blessed with six great children. 


He is survived by his loving wife, Joan of 64 years; his daughters, Katie Kruse (Jim), Margaret Morris (Ben), Patricia Conaty, Mary Kusch (Andrew), Ellen Halibozek (Greg) and Marilyn Conaty (daughter-in-law). 


He was preceded in death by his son, John P. Conaty, (Marilyn); his sister, Geraldine Hayes; and his brother, Donald Conaty. Pierce was most proud of his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren: Erin Kruse, Patrick Kruse (Morgan), Timothy Morris (Laura), Elizabeth Morris (Andy), Joanmarie Conaty, Joe Conaty (Amber), Megan Conaty, and great grandchildren Madison and Riley. 


Pierce loved his family, Church, time spent with the orthopedic residents and students, classical music, history, golf at Hacienda Golf Club, and traveling with this best pal Joan. 


Funeral Mass will be held at St. Juliana's Church in Fullerton on November 21 at 10 AM. Reception immediately following at St. Juliana's Parish Hall. McAulay & Wallace Mortuary


Published in Orange County Register from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2017


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Kenny Slezak on December 18, 2017 at 4:02 PM said:

He was a great doctor, with a wonderful sense of humor and the brilliant surgeon. He and Dr. MacFarland of the old "BM" building, Bastanchury Medical Center put one of my knees back together after I left it on Buena Park High School football field my senior year at SHHS.

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A large number of Fullerton residents of Dr. Conaty's generation graduated from Los Angeles High School. It’s a remarkable tradition, and within their group, many also attended U.S.C.