WHEREAS Dr. Tom Connally, Jr., passed away on April 2, 2020; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Connally was a dedicated Democratic Party volunteer who supported the party over the course of four decades; and
WHEREAS, in the late 1960’s Dr. Connally served as a Virginia representative of the Presidential campaign of Bobby Kennedy; and
WHEREAS, during the 1970’s Dr. Connally served as a precinct captain for the Democratic Party in the Arlington precinct of Rock Spring; and
WHEREAS, during those years and in his capacity as Precinct Captain, Dr. Connally was one of the leaders of the successful fight to wrest control of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, ArlDems, from the segregationist Byrd machine; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Connally served as a Delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention; and
WHEREAS, in addition to being a distinguished internist in private practice over many years, Dr. Connally served in the U.S. Public Health Service in the early years of his career and following his retirement from private practice volunteered at the Arlington Free Clinic, where he served as Medical Director from 2005-2010 and continued to see patients through 2018; and
WHEREAS, in 2010 Dr. Connally and his wife, former Delegate and community leader Judy Connally, shared the James B. Hunter Human Rights Award, given to those in the Arlington community who support human rights; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Connally will be remembered with gratitude for many years to come because of his many contributions to our community; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Arlington County Democratic Committee hereby notes with great sadness the loss of Dr. Tom Connally, Jr., and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER that the Arlington County Democratic Committee will prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Dr. Connally, as an expression of the Committee’s respect for Dr. Connally’s memory and appreciation for his long service to the Committee and our community.
Passed and Approved this Resolution on the 6th day of May, 2020.