OBITUARY

Lawrence "Bo" Connor

August 31, 1925February 28, 2014
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Lawrence “Bo” Connor

Lawrence S. (Bo) Connor, retired managing editor of The Indianapolis Star, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the age of 88. The son of Nicholas J. and Agnes Peelle Connor, he was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, and was graduated from Cathedral Grade School and Cathedral High School. During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. He joined The Star in 1949 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. He served in several editing positions at The Star, including 16 years as city editor and 11 as managing editor before retiring in 1990. He was a member of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for a 1974 series on corruption within the Indianapolis Police Department. He also was Indiana correspondent for the National Observer during its 15 years of existence (1962-1977). After retiring he wrote more than a dozen travel stories and more than 150 book reviews for The Star. He also wrote two books: “Hampton Court: Growing up Catholic in Indianapolis Between the Wars” (published in 1995) and “Star in the Hoosier Sky: The Indianapolis Star in the Years the City Came Alive 1950-1990” (published in 2006). He married Patricia Alandt of Indianapolis in 1956. They had six children: Carolyn (William) Weigel, Julia (Christopher) Dietrick, Lawrence S. Connor Jr., Maureen (Thomas) Stark, Janet (Will) Kahler, Michael (Joanna) Connor, and 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom survive. He was predeceased by five siblings: Nicholas Connor, Robert Connor, William Connor, Mary Margaret “Sally” Lynch, and Virginia Grande. Mr. Connor was a charter member of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, co-founder of the Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing contest, and member and past president of the Indianapolis Literary Club. During his years as managing editor he was a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Associated Press Managing Editors organization. He was named the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis's Man of the Year in 1991 and also that year received the Press Club's Larry A. Conrad Renaissance Award. He was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1997. Over the years he had served on the boards of several Catholic organizations, including president of the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish council, and 12 years on the board of advisors of Our Lady of Grace Monastery. He was also a member of the Criterion advisory board, and in 2003 he received the Celebrating Catholic School Values Career Achievement Award. But Bo will mostly be remembered for his gentle but witty demeanor, love for his family, and insatiable curiosity about the world – traits that made him a great newsman and even better husband, brother and dad. Visitation will be from 4 – 8 PM Wednesday, March 5th at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Thursday, March 6th at St. Pius X Catholic Church followed by interment at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials can be made to the Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing contest and scholarships via the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation, P. O. Box 40923, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (www.indypressfoundation.org) or Our Lady of Grace Monastery, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107 (www.benedictine.com).

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 5, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Lawrence "Bo" Connor

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Jackie Luncford

September 10, 2014

Loved your laughter and enjoyed your 2 books and was waiting on a third

Ruth Holladay

March 21, 2014

Bo was a natural leader who inspired trust and loyalty in his troops. He was gentle but he could be tough. He had a great sense of humor. Above all, he was a man of principle who knew there is more to life than the daily paper...an all-around good man. I am thankful he left us a legacy in his two wonderful books, plus his dear family.

March 10, 2014

Beverly and I regret Bo's passing. During the time I was mayor, he was always gracious, fair, even-handed, a thoroughly decent fine gentleman. We enjoyed some movies with him and Patty in their retirement years. We will miss him, and extend our sincere thoughts and prayers to his family circle. Bill Hudnut

George Stuteville

March 7, 2014

Dear Patty and family,

My sincere condolences to you and the family. I spent most of my career respecting him from afar. I still have some nice notes he wrote me about my stories. In one of them, he paid me a nice compliment, basing it on the fact that his wife had read my piece all the way to the end!

John Connor

March 7, 2014

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. My father (John Connor "Jack") had the utmost respect for his cousin Bo. John (Jennifer) Connor

Robert Desautels

March 5, 2014

We remember Bo and are grateful for all he did. He is remembered. Our prayers are with the Connors

Robert and Theresa Desautels

March 5, 2014

To Patty and Family:
Our condolence to you in your grief and joyful remembrance of Bo. He was special. We have not seen you since the Book signing. Our families were intertwined at Pike H.S.
Fondly,
Pat & Dick Dunbar

March 5, 2014

Julie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the memories.
Jack and Mary Ann Ackermann

Lawrence Connor

March 5, 2014

Dear Patty and family,
It is with a very heavy heart that I say farewell to "my boy friend",Bo. What a wonderful , smart, kind man. I am in Florida ,but, Jim will be there to celebrate his amazing life. As you know, you and Bo have always been one of my most admired couples. He will be missed. Please know I send my love and prayers to you and you family. Gretchen and Jim Cain

As you know you and Bo were always one of my most admired couples.
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Please know I send my love and prayers to you and your family
God bless you always,
Gretchen and Jim Cain.

March 5, 2014

Dear Patty and family,
It is with a very heavy heart that I think of my wonderful "boy friend." I am in Florida, but, Jim will be there to celebrate the amazing life of Bo. As you know you and Bo have always been one
Of my most admired couples. please know that I send my love and prayers to you and you family.
God bless you always,
Gretchen and Jim Cain