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Thomas O. Kelly II

Thomas O. Kelly II Obituary
Thomas O. Kelly, II, 83, died at home Thursday, July 25, 2019. Tom was born in Port Henry, NY to the late Thomas O. and Helen C. Kane Kelly. Tom was a graduate of Iona College, receiving a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree (also in history) from Fordham University. Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 1952. He was stationed in Korea from July of 1953 until 1954 as a Morse Code radio intercept operator. He was a teacher at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY from 1960 until 1962. Subsequently, he was a professor at Siena College from 1963 until he retired in 2000. Tom was a published author; he wrote An Upstate Boyhood, WW II and Beyond, and co-wrote U.S. Presidents from Awesome to Awful. He cofounded the "Siena College Research Institute; founded and chaired the Siena College WW II conference. He was a political and historical commentator for local media. Tom was a member of the Schenectady Ancient Order of Hibernians and the VFW. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Schiller Kelly (they were married in New Rochelle on August 31, 1957) and six children, Thomas O'Connor Kelly, III (Claudia), Terrence Kane Kelly (Gloria), Dorothy Kelly Valenzi (Joseph), Eileen Kelly Beauregard (Thomas), Maureen Kelly Taylor (Brian), Kathleen Kelly Foster (Frank); 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Monday, July 29 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, State St., Schenectady. Calling hours will be Sunday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Gleason Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Schenectady. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Professor Thomas O. Kelly II and Dorothy S. Kelly Scholarship Fund, Siena College.
Published in The Daily Gazette from July 26 to July 27, 2019
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