|Born||December 13, 1912|
Morrisville, New York
|Died||March 27, 2004 (age 91) |
Oneida, New York
Don Connelly (1912-2004) was a founding member and served as president of Utica-Rome IBM Ring No. 101.
As a youth he contracted the paralyzing disease Polio. After recovering and became a member of his school's track team. Connelly served four years as a combat medic in World War II and awarded two Bronze Stars.
While recovering from the severe wounds received in the war, he discovered that magic manipulation helped and threw himself into the study of magic. Upon recovery he toured with the U.S.O. for many years. In the late 1940's and early 1950's he played in the remnants of vaudeville and worked nightclubs. His wife Mildred "Molly" Steele (d. 2000) developed her own act as "Molly Rembrant", that complimented his magic, drawing pictures with colored sand.
He eventually settled in Central New York and helped start an I.B.M. ring there. Connelly would serve for nine years on the Board of Trustees of the I.B.M. and as the Chairman of the Sick and Convalescent Committee for 26 years. Don also chaired two New York State and Canada Conclave of Magicians in 1954 and in 1960.
He became employed with the Osborne Electric of Norwich as appliance sales manager for more than 20 years and later, prior to his retirement in 1973, at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in the administrative and personnel departments. He was worked as a professional musician, playing in various New York orchestras and American Legion drum corps.
He held I.B.M. number 11732 and was a member of the Order of Merlin Excelsior (50 years continuous membership).
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