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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jennifer G. Connelly, 51

Jennifer Gunn Connelly of Westport died April 1 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 51. ImageJennifer Connelly: Westporter since 1993. Contributed photo

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was raised in Woodstock and Hartland 4 Corners, Vt. In her early years, she attended elementary and junior high school in Woodstock, before going on to boarding school at Dana Hall in Wellesley, Mass., Hawaii Preparatory Academy, and The Mountain School in Vershire, Vt., from which she graduated in 1979. 

In 1984, she earned her BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. She later attained a Master’s Degree in American Studies from Columbia University in 1987.

She worked for a number of years in New York City, where her career included positions with Lord & Taylor as a buyer, with Harper’s Bazaar as an accessories editor, and with Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School as an admissions officer and second grade teacher.

In 1991, she married Mark Connelly, a Georgetown graduate and Cape Cod native, who became a managing director and later head of U.S. equity capital markets at UBS, before becoming global head of equity capital markets at Jefferies & Co., New York City.

In 1993, they moved to Westport to start a family, raising two boys, Dylan, now 18, and Ian, 13. Being their mother was her life’s vocation and her greatest joy.

She is survived by her husband Mark, her two sons, Dylan and Ian, of Westport, her sister Elizabeth Gunn Potter, of Bozeman, Mt., and her parents, Carol and Charles Cushman, of Hartland 4 Corners, Vt.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at Greenfield Hills Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, she requested that a donation be made to the Block Island Conservancy in Rhode Island, where her family owns a home and she spent many summers.

She further requested that donations be earmarked to support the purchase of the Solviken Property on Block Island. The Block Island Conservancy can be reached on-line at, or at Block Island Conservancy, P.O. Box 84, Block Island, RI 02807 (401-466-3111).


Posted 04/10/12 at 02:16 PM


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