The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 17, April 29, 2007, Article 2


Former American Numismatic Association Museum Collection Manager 
Christopher T. Connell passed away Monday, peacefully in his sleep, 
according to Gail Baker of the ANA. An Episcopalian priest, Chris 
was also a passionate byzantine historian and numismatist. He taught 
a Byzantine Coins class at the ANA's summer seminars, and both he and 
his wife Susan (also an Episcopalian priest) were Summer Seminar 
chaperones and very active with Young Numismatists. Originally from 
New Jersey, Chris was an officer of the Ocean County Coin Club (OCCC) 
and the Garden State Numismatic Association (GSNA).

The service is April 30, 2007 at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Miami, OK 
74354. The service is at 11:00AM and a reception will follow in the 
parish hall.

His wife Susan adds: "Please ask people who wish to send a memorial 
to send them to All Saints' Church, 225 B Street NW, Miami, OK 74354 
marked for the memorial fund in memory of Chris Connell. The committee 
and I will purchase something depending on the funds (stained glass 
window to altar linens, extra chalice and paten) depending upon the 
amounts gathered."

The ANA published the following press release when he took an early 
retirement from the ANA to return to the church:

"Connell, whose numismatic expertise is centered on ancient coinage, 
has been teaching courses on Byzantine numismatics at the ANA Summer 
Seminar for several years and is a frequent exhibitor of Byzantine 
coins, often placing first at local, regional and national conventions.

"A member of the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), Connell has written 
articles for The Numismatist, The Celator and COINage magazines, as well 
as scripts for ANA's former radio program, Money Talks.

"Connell is a past president of the New Jersey Numismatic Society, Ocean 
County Coin Club and Watchung Hills Coin Club, and has served on the 
board of the Garden State Numismatic Association. He was ANA Regional 
Coordinator for Region 2 (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, 
D.C.) and served as master of ceremonies for the 1997 ANA convention 
banquet in New York. In 2000, Connell was named the ANA's Young Numismatist 
(YN) Adult Advisor and last August was appointed chairman of the ANA's YN 

"His 1995 Glenn Smedley Memorial Award citation stated, 'Chris Connell's 
contagious enthusiasm for Byzantine coins extends beyond this collecting 
specialty to his sharing of knowledge and delight with other collectors. 
He spreads the joy of collecting throughout the numismatic hobby, 
introducing many new collectors to this otherwise formidable subject.'"

"A collector for many years, Connell is Episcopal priest. He is taking 
an early retirement as rector of All Saints Church in Great Neck, New York."

Gar Travis forwarded a link to Connell's obituary in the Miami (Oklahoma) 
News Record.

"Connell was born July 25, 1946, in New York, N.Y., to Martin and 
Vivienne Connell. He lived in New York, New Jersey and Colorado before 
moving to Miami in August. He was briefly enlisted in the Air Force.

"He earned a bachelor of arts degree in theatre from Kenyon College in 
Gambier, Ohio, and a master of arts degree in theatre arts from the 
University of Michigan. He continued his education at the Episcopal 
Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., receiving a master's of divinity 

"'After retiring from full-time parish ministry, he served as collections 
manager for the Museum of the American Numismatic Association in Colorado 
Springs, Colo. Since moving to Miami, he has served as supply priest to 
St. Martin of Tours in Pryor and St. Basil's in Tahlequah.

"'He became a member of the Miami Little Theatre, appearing in 'Fiddler 
on the Roof' and was most recently cast in 'You're A Good Man Charlie 
Brown.' He was a member of the Rotary Club.'

To read the complete obituary, see:  Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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