Martha T. Connolly, 80, 30-year distinguished W&M voice and music lecturer

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Martha T. Connolly
Martha T. Connolly

Martha T. Connolly, of Williamsburg, died May 18, 2015, at the age of 80.

Her loving son Brian Connolly survives her, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A distinguished lecturer of voice and music at the College of William and Mary for more than 30 years, Martha will be greatly missed by her many students, friends and family. Born on Feb. 7, 1935, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Martha was the devoted daughter of the late Francis and Eunice Taugher and the sister of the late Frank Taugher.

She was a proud graduate of University of Michigan’s class of 1956 and received her master’s in music from Catholic University in 1971. A talented singer and pianist, Martha appeared in recitals, operas and other performances in the Washington area in the 1970s. She was an avid boater, serving in the Coast Guard Auxiliary for many years with her beloved friend Van Lear Hoffman.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. June 10, 2015, at the Wren Chapel at The College of William and Mary. Per her wishes, Martha will be inurned at a later date with her family in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Martha’s memory to the Martha T. Connolly Fund for Vocal Music. Checks can be made payable to: The College of William and Mary and sent to Gift Accounting, The College of William and Mary, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1693. Please note the name of the fund on the check.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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