Walter Curtis Connolly, age 96, of 232 Eastbrook Drive, Boone, passed away Monday morning, February 11, 2019, at The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge in Blowing Rock.

Dr. Walter Curtis Connolly (May 1, 1922- February 11, 2019) was born and raised in Ohio. He earned his B.A. from Miami University (Oxford, OH) in 1944, and his M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1946, and his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in 1954.

Dr. Connolly began his professional career as a physic instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy and taught there for nine years. He worked for Westinghouse Atomic Power in Pittsburgh for one year, then taught two years at Auburn University. Leaving Auburn, he worked as a senior scientist for the University of Virginia for five years. In 1963, he came to Appalachian State University to establish the physics department and served as it's chairperson for 11 years. He resumed full-time teaching as Professor Emeritus of Physics and other courses at Appalachian.

In 1992 Dr. Connolly retired and spent many subsequent years growing blueberries, repairing clocks, woodworking and playing with his grandchildren.

Dr. Connolly is survived by one daughter, Helen Harrison, of Boone, One son, Roger Connolly and wife Emily, of Morrisville, New York, six grandchildren, Christopher, Peter and Jessi Harrison, all of Madison, Wisconsin, April Zay and husband Brian, of Trenton. New Jersey, Wendy Mullikin and husband Ethan, of Santa Clara, California and Brien Connolly and wife Amy of Central Square, New York, and four great-grandchildren, Elijah and Gabriel Zay, of Trenton, New Jersey and Finnian and Alina Connolly, of Central Square, New York, one niece, M. Margret Harden and husband Bob, of Derby, Kansas and one brother-in-law, Marvin Tossey and wife Karen of Salisbury, Maryland.

He was preceded in death by, his wife, Crystle Connolly, his father and mother, Curtis and Jessie Shanks Connolly, one sister, Margaret Lyons and one son-in-law, Richard "Dick" Harrison.

A memorial service for Dr. Walter Connolly will be conducted, Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Marianne Romanat will officiate.

Interment will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3, at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service.

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