Tuesday, 27 December 2016 18:53

Remembering Edward. C. O'Connor, Class of 1969

On Thanksgiving Day, after a continued decline of health, Edward Cornelius O'Connor, MG, USA, (ret.) slipped quietly away, without any struggle or issue.

He was born on June 22, 1931 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of Edward Denis and Gladys Marie (Devine) O'Connor. Graduated AB, Boston College, 1952; MS, University North Carolina, 1966; MS, George Washington University, 1979.

His distinguished service to this country was as follows:
Commissioned Second Lieutenant, United States Army, 1952; advanced through grades to major general, 1981. Assistant for North Atlantic Treaty Organization Affairs, Office of Secretary Defense, 1970-1972; Secretary, Joint Staff, Vietnam, 1972; Chief of Staff, Joint Military Commission, Vietnam, 1973; Artillery Commander, 1st Armored Division, Europe, 1973-1974; Federal Executive Fellow, Brookings Institute, Washington, 1975-1976; Chief Army Initiatives Group, Army Staff, Pentagon, 1976-1977; Deputy Director Operations, National Military Command Center, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, 1977-1978; Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), 1st Armored Division, Europe, 1978-1979; Chief, Nuclear Activities, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, Belgium, 1979-1982; Director, Operations, Readiness, and Mobilization (ODCSOPS), U.S. Army, 1982-1983; Commanding General, Security Affairs Command, Army Material Command, 1983-1986.

And upon retiring from the Army:

Chief executive officer/president, Global Marketing Corporation (doing business as Global Media Arts International, Inc.), from 1986-2010; Chairman, Contraves, Inc., Pittsburgh, 1992-1997; Member, policy working group, United States State Department Defense Trade Advisory Group, Washington, 1994; Chairman, board directors, Gas Equipment Engineering Corporation, Milford, Connecticut; Board of Directors, Avalence, LLC, Milford. General O'Connor was a recognized international lecturer. Chairman, Harvard University Graduate School, relations committee; Member, Harvard University Alumni Association (board directors 1989-1993); National Defense Association (board directors executive committee international division).

Major General O'Connor's decorations include: Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit (3 oak clusters); Bronze Star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; and the Joint Service Commendation Medal (oak leaf cluster).
By far, however, arguably his greatest achievement occurred on June 1, 1958, for that was the day that he married his beloved wife of 58 years, Charlotte Marie (Hubble) O'Connor. Ed and Charley were inseparable during that time, and lived a long and happy life completely devoted to one another. Theirs was a unique and wonderful love story.

Services with full military honors are pending at Arlington National Cemetery, but are several months out. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for the Ft. Myer Thrift Shop, a 501(c)(3) organization: Charley volunteered there for over 30 years.

Obituary Courtesy of Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home.
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