Joseph Connor Jr
Connor was the son of Joseph Connor Sr of New York and the former Mary Catherine Brady. He grew up in Manila and came to the United States to continue his education. He graduated from Cornell University and the George Washington University School of Medicine. He married the former Jane Evangeline Krause in Washington D.C. in 1941 and the couple had four children.
Toward the end of his three decades in the Air Force, Connor became involved with NASA, providing expertise in aerospace medicine for the Apollo program. He was awarded the Legion of Merit three times for his service.
Connor retired from the military in 1972. He and his wife relocated to Birmingham and he opened a practice in 1974 in the Olmsted Building on 27th Place South and Highland Avenue. A year after he was widowed in 1985 he married a close friend and widow Regina Crane Morrissey. He retired from practice in 1995.
In retirement Connor kept busy by researching fuel cell technology, studying the potential for a trans-Atlantic bridge, and composing an opera.
Connor died in 2003. His funeral service was held at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church and he was buried at Saint Gabriel Cemetery in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2018 he and his first wife, Jane, were re-interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.