Don Connelly (1912-2004) was a founding member and served as president of Utica-Rome IBM Ring No. 101, which would become known as the “Don Connelly Ring.”
Connelly served four years as a combat medic in World War II and awarded two Bronze Stars. While recovering from the severe wounds received in the war, he discovered that magic manipulation helped and threw himself into the study of magic. Upon recovery he toured with the USO for many years. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s he played in the remnants of vaudeville and worked nightclubs. His wife Mildred “Molly” Steele (d. 2000) developed her own act as “Molly Rembrant”, that complimented his magic, drawing pictures with colored sand.
He eventually settled in Central New York and helped start an I.B.M. ring there. Connelly would serve for nine years on the Board of Trustees of the I.B.M. and as the Chairman of the Sick and Convalescent Committee for 26 years.