Vincent L. Connery, 67, the former president of the National Treasury Employees Union, died of heart ailments Jan. 1 at a hospital in Wichita, Kan.
Mr. Connery was elected president of what then was the National Association of Internal Revenue Employees in 1966. A year later, he became the organization's first full-time elected president and moved to Washington.
He served here in that capacity until 1983, when he retired for health reasons. He participated in negotiations that led to the first national contract between the Internal Revenue Service and its employees in 1972, and he was influential in the establishment of workplace regulations.
In 1975, the National Association of Internal Revenue Employees became the National Treasury Employees Union. During Mr. Connery's years as president, its membership increased from 19,000 to more than 60,000.
Mr. Connery was born in Scranton, Pa., and graduated from the University of Scranton. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Before moving to Washington as union president in 1963, Mr. Connery worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Wichita. He returned to Wichita on his retirement.
His wife, Rosemary A. Connery, died in 1984.
Survivors include a son, Vincent P. Connery of Wichita, and two sisters, Janet Slowey of Lewisville, Tex., and Mary O'Boyle of Richardson, Tex.
LOUISE BECKWITH MORRIS
Louise Beckwith Morris, 81, the widow of a Navy rear admiral and a longtime resident of the Washington area, died of cancer Jan. 2 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.
Mrs. Morris, a resident of Carl Vinson Hall in McLean, was born in Carthage, Mo. She grew up in California and attended the University of Southern California.
In 1929, she married Robert Lee Morris, a Navy officer who retired as a rear admiral. She accompanied him to various stations in this country and the Panama Canal Zone. She was at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when the Japanese bombed it on Dec. 7, 1941. She and her children were evacuated to the mainland on Christmas Day, 1941.
In the late 1940s, the Morrises settled in Alexandria. They later moved to McLean. After the death of her husband in 1975, Mrs. Morris moved to Carl Vinson Hall.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Morris of Arlington and Robert L. Morris Jr. of McLean; a brother, Sterling Beckwith of Menlo Park, Calif., and five grandchildren.