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Eugene F. Connally TROY - Eugene F. Connally, 90, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital. He was the son of the late Dr. Eugene F. Connally and Marion Bailey Connally. Gene served as a fighter pilot with the United States 9th Air Force 367th Fighter Group during World War II, flying cover for the Allied invasion of Europe in June, 1944, and carrying out more than 70 combat missions over France and Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with numerous clusters. A member of the Air Force Reserve after the War, he was called back to active duty in 1950 and flew 101 combat missions with the 18th Fighter Group in Korea. Gene was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Williams College and held and M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was retired from the Chevron Corporation in California and later from the New York State Department of Social Services in Albany. After retiring he was a volunteer driver for the 's “Road to Recovery Program” for ten years. Gene was a longtime member of the Troy Country Club and a former member of its Board of Governors. An enthusiastic golfer, he made his first hole-in-one at the age of 68 and made a second one two years later. He was also an active member of the Northeastern New York Williams College Alumni Association. His marriage to the former Patricia Ann McCarthy ended in 1972. Gene is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Christopher J. and Gail L. Connally of Sarasota, FL; a grandson Bryan A. Connally and his wife Susan of Boulder, CO; a grandson Russell H. Connally of Baltimore, MD; a sister Patricia Connally of Clifton Park and long time friend Elaine Wilcove of Albany. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh, with Rev. James Spenard officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery with military honors. Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Gene's name to Troy Public Library, 100 Second St., Troy, NY 12180 or the 's, Road to Recovery Program, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.

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Published in The Record on June 13, 2012
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