In Memory of: Molly B. Connelly
When her 12th child started kindergarten, Molly Connelly went back to school, too — entering UNH as an undergrad. She would go on to earn her master’s here and return to UNH to teach in the family studies program for 20 years, making an unforgettable impact before retiring in 2016.
While Molly saw many of her own grandchildren graduate from UNH, she also became a mentor and friend to countless other students, like Andrew Minigan ’14, who writes in his blog, “Molly Connelly was the unofficial ‘grandmother in residence’ on campus. Though Molly taught human development, her lessons all touched upon themes of love, empathy, understanding and growth.”
“My mum loved being in the classroom and especially enjoyed sharing her knowledge with students,” her daughter Shelagh Connelly says. To honor her mother’s commitment to UNH and the lives she helped change, Shelagh raised funds for a granite bench dedicated in Molly’s memory.
In all, 22 donors contributed to the memorial. Joe Tarr ’16, one of those donors, writes, “I watched her be such a role model to so many students. I have very fond memories with Molly where we both laughed until we cried and cried until we laughed. She will forever be missed.”
As Shelagh sums it up, “I am pleased that UNH will dedicate a granite bench in honor of my mum so there will be a place that students of Professor Connelly — and family and friends of Molly — can sit a while and reflect on her gift and her calling to teach with passion and commitment for our future generations.”