The obituary yesterday of John E. Connolly Sr., 63, a Voice of America news editor, failed to state that he was a 1949 graduate of Georgetown University. (Published 6/8/87)
John E. Connolly Sr., 63, a news editor at the Voice of America and a former official of the First American Bank of Maryland and WRC-TV, died June 3 at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was awaiting a heart transplant.
Mr. Connolly began his broadcast career at WRC in 1948. As a reporter for the station, he was present in the House of Representatives when four Puerto Rican nationalists fired into it from the visitors' gallery, wounding five congressmen.
He was news editor of the station when he left in 1963 to work in the advertising and marketing department of First American Bank. From 1977 to 1979, he had his own advertising agency. He then joined VOA. He was a night news editor at the time of his death.
Mr. Connolly, a resident of Olney, was born in Washington. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific.
He was a former president of the Silver Spring Rotary Club and the Financial Marketing Council.
Survivors include his wife, the former Theresa McDonnell, of Olney; three sons, John E. Jr., of Keedysville, Md., and Gerald P. and Dale F., both of Olney; one brother, Frank A., of Potomac, and two sisters, Mary F. Murray of Hagerstown and Dr. Anne Connolly Pacious of Potomac.
VERO ERWIN WILSON,
87, a resident of the Washington area since 1939, died of cancer June 3 at the Manor Care nursing home in Arlington.
Mrs. Wilson lived in Washington for 20 years before moving to the nursing home. Before that she lived in Alexandria. She was born in Oakland, Neb., and attended Rockford College in Illinois and the University of Nebraska.
Her husband, Allan M. Wilson, died in 1981.
Survivors include one daughter, Bernice Wilson Munsey of Arlington; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
MAE WEAVER PERE,
92, a retired records analyst with the Veterans Administration, died of congestive heart failure May 31 at the Fairfax Nursing Center.
Mrs. Pere was born in Lawrence County, Ill. She moved to the Washington area in 1918 and went to work for the War Department. She later transferred to the VA. She retired in 1955. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Her husband, Henry J. Pere, died in 1968.
Survivors include one daughter, Alice Louise Bausili of St. George, Va.; two sisters, Alice Black of Greenwood, Ind., and Edna Lorenz of North Las Vegas, and two grandsons.
JAMES I. MASON JR.,
63, a retired assistant director of the Veterans Administration's loan guarantee program, died of a heart ailment May 24 at Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Springfield.
Mr. Mason was born in Asheville, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and later was a captain in the Reserves.
He completed his education after the war and joined the Veterans Administration in the early 1950s in Jackson, Miss. He transferred to the Washington area in 1967 and retired in 1982. He later worked as a real estate appraiser. Mr. Mason received the VA's Outstanding Career Achievement Award.
He was a member of St. Christopher's Epsicopal Church in Springfield.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene S. Mason of Springfield; two daughters, Carolyn Ferrell of Alexandria and Kimberly Myers of Centreville, and one brother, William T. Mason II of Los Angeles.
CONSTANCE D. TROY,
69, a native Washingtonian and a former claims adjudicator at the Veterans Administration, died June 5 at Hackensack Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J., after an asthma attack.
Mrs. Troy, a resident of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., graduated from Eastern High School in Washington and earned a law degree at the old National University here. She went to work for the VA about 1947. She worked for the State Department briefly in the mid-1950s and then returned to the VA, where she was a claims adjudicator when she left in 1960.
She lived in Marlow Heights until moving to Hasbrouck Heights in 1967. Mrs. Troy was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Air Force Sergeants Association.
Survivors include her husband, retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Robert P. Troy Sr. of Hasbrouck Heights; one son, Robert P. Jr., of Poway, Calif.; one brother, Floyd J. Deenihan of Hyattsville; one sister, Regina M. Renehan of Hillcrest Heights, and one grandson.
DOROTHY M. HUFF,
64, a retired clerk typist with the Navy Department's David Taylor Research and Development Center in Carderock, Md., died of cancer June 4 at a hospital in Clearwater, Fla. She lived in Clearwater.
Mrs. Huff was a native of Farmers, Ky. She moved to this area and joined the Navy Department in the early 1940s. She retired and moved to Clearwater in 1982.
Her husband, Hubert Judson Huff, died in 1972. Survivors include one son, Gary Huff of Alexandria; two daughters, Lindy Alderson of San Francisco, and Pamela Brown of West Chester, Ohio; three sisters, and one brother.