Entity | William Connell

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William James Connell was born in Chicago on September 2, 1925, the son of Lowell M. and Bernadette (Tuff) Connell, and spent his youth in California, Kentucky, and Texas. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1945, a M.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1947, and was a teaching assistant at the University of Texas, 1946-1947.

Connell served in World War II, receiving his commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in February 1945, and remaining on active duty until May 1946. He also served during the Korean War, 1950-1952. He continues to hold the rank of commander, USNR (Ret.).

From 1948 through 1950, and in 1952, Connell was employed by the University of Minnesota, first as script editor in the University's radio station, then as assistant director of university relations.

Connell joined the staff of United States Senator (Minn.) Hubert H. Humphrey in 1955 as executive assistant. From 1961 to 1965 he was Humphrey's administrative assistant, and his executive assistant from 1965 to 1968. He also assisted in the Humphrey senatorial campaign of 1970. At the end of Humphrey's vice presidential term Connell became president of Concepts Associates of Washington, D.C., a documentary film-making company. The firm also engages in public relations and political consulting.

Connell married Phyllis Batson on March 3, 1945. They have three children: William V., Cary A., and Thomas.

From the guide to the William James Connell papers., 1959-1972., (Minnesota Historical Society)

Born: 1925

Alternate Names: Connell, William James, 1925-
Occupation(s): writer, administrator, broadcasting executive, Politicians
Field(s) of Work: academic administration, broadcasting, consulting, public relations
Employer(s): University of Texas at Austin, United States Navy, University of Minnesota, United States Senate
Associated Place(s): Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba)., United States, Minnesota