Former UMMC leader Conerly dies at 76

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Dr. A. Wallace Conerly, vice chancellor emeritus for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and dean emeritus of the School of Medicine, died Tuesday. He was 76.

UMMC says Conerly died at the facility that bears his name, the medical center’s Wallace Conerly Critical Care Hospital.

Conerly, a Tylertown native, led UMMC from 1994 to 2003. He was hospitalized early Tuesday for complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

Plans for a memorial service are pending.

Conerly’s tenure at UMMC was marked by extensive construction on campus, expanded research and an increased endowment.

University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones said Conerly used his medical, business, and political skills to help all Mississippians. Before becoming Ole Miss chancellor, Jones was vice chancellor for health affairs after Conerly’s retirement.