Louis B. Connelly Jr., who served in dual roles as the Director of Public Relations and Sports Information Director at Suffolk University for over three decades, passed away on Tuesday (April 8th) following a long illness at the age of 77.
A resident of Melrose, Mass. for 45 years, Mr. Connelly was born and raised in Somerville, Mass., graduating from Somerville High School in 1948 before earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Suffolk in communications and education, respectively.
Mr. Connelly served in his dual roles at his alma mater beginning in 1968 until his retirement in 2003. He previously worked as a sports reporter for the Boston Herald-American for eight years during the 1960’s and covered the 1967 Boston Red Sox during their “Impossible Dream” season en route to the American League championship.
A long-time fundraiser for the United Way at Suffolk for many years, Mr. Connelly was a member of both the Boston and National Publicity Clubs and the Boston Sports Writers Association.
“Lou Connelly was one of the most respected individuals in the public relations profession in this region, but his gentle demeanor and his caring for others are what he will always be remembered for,” Suffolk University Director of Athletics James E. Nelson says of Mr. Connelly. “He had a genuine affection for the students of Suffolk and for the mission of the University, and he will certainly be missed by everyone he touched over the years.”
Husband of the late Maureen (Devine), Mr. Connelly is survived by five daughters, a sister, six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was celebrated for Mr. Connelly on Friday, April 11th at St. Mary’s Church in Melrose, Mass.