Walter J. Connolly worked diligently with P.S. 47’s second principal, Carrie W. Kearns, throughout his term as the first president of “47” Alumni Association of the Deaf in 1916. He graduated with honors in 1914 from P.S. 47 School for the Deaf, and attended East Orange High School in New Jersey in 1917.
He told Principal Carrie Kearns in an October 20, 1914, letter, “Upon entering the School for the Deaf, a new world was opened to me. I began to take more interest in events around me. Before I was not interested in my future but then the future began to look bright to me.”
In recognition of and appreciation for his love of P.S. 47 School for the Deaf and for his devotion, talent and leadership, “47” Alumni Association of the Deaf is honored to present the “Posthumous Hall of Fame Award” to Walter J. Connolly, Class of 1914.
I am always glad to recommend the School for the Deaf, in fact whenever I get a chance to talk, I often seize the occasion to talk about the school. With deep gratitude to you and the teachers, I am always. – Walter J. Connolly ’14 1st Alumni President, The Voice – January 1915
On June 3, 2011, the “47″ Alumni Association of the Deaf have dedicated The Walter J. Connolly Playground to Walter J. Connolly, Class of 1914. CLICK ME for more details.