|Joseph P. Connelly received his education at the University of Missouri and Harvard University, but the First World War interrupted his studies. In 1919, he became professor of Mineralogy and Petrography at the South Dakota State School of Mines.
In the early years at the School of Mines, Connolly's interest in geology brought him into closer association with President C.C. O'Harra. The incollaceration on scientific projects demonstrated Connolly's skill as an administrator as well as a teacher. Therefore, after O'Harra's death in 1935, it was most fitting that Connolly should be appointed to presidency. <p>Because of his leadership in scientific and technical education in South Dakota, Connolly was called on for service to both state and national organizations. He had an intimate knowledge of the geology of the Black Hills and a keen consciousness of living on some of the greatest resources of the earth. <p>Dr. Connolly, his wife and two sons were warm and gracious people. Their devotion to the ideals of teaching and scholarship set standards for future generations of faculty and students. Joseph Connolly was a man of loyal service to South Dakota.
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