Eugene Francis Connally, M. D.
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

EUGENE FRANCIS CONNALLY, M. D., one of the foremost surgeons of Rensselaer County, with extensive hospital training and the breadth of his experience gained by service in the World War, is now holding a noteworthy position in the medical profession in Eastern New York State, and his success contributes widely to the welfare of the people. A native of this county, Dr. Connally is a son of Owen and Mary (Cummings) Connally, both now deceased.

Dr. Connally was born in Lansingburg, New York, in the section now known as North Troy, June 1, 1885. Taking up his elementary studies in the public schools he later attended St. Augustine's Academy, then entered Albany Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1910 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. For one year thereafter he served as interne at the Samaritan Hospital, then in 191 1 began practice at Whitehall, New York, where he was active for three years, or thereabouts. In 1914-15 he took post-graduate work in the New York Polyclinic Hospital; afterwards, towards the close of 1915, he entered practice in Troy. Dr. Connally was then made pathologist and bacteriologist at the Troy Hospital, being placed at the head of the department of bacteriology. It was not long afterward, in July, 1916, that he went to the Mexican border with the 2nd Regiment, New York National Guard, at which time he was a first lieutenant of the medical corps, receiving his promotion to captain while in service there. In August, 1917, he was commissioned captain of the United States Medical Corps for service in the World War. Detailed to the officers' training camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison, at Indianapolis, Indiana, he was later sent to the base hospital at Camp Custer, Michigan, thence to Rockefeller Institute, for special training, thereafter to Washington, District of Columbia. In July, 1918, he was sent overseas to join Base Hospital No. 35, which was stationed at Mars Sur Alier, France. In May, 1919, he was promoted to the rank of major and was regimental surgeon of the 319th Infantry, with which unit he remained in the same capacity until his return to America. Receiving his honorable discharge from the service on Jime 27, 1919, he resumed the practice of his profession in Troy. In connection with his private practice he now serves on the surgical staff of the Leonard Hospital. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the New York State Medical Society, and the Rensselaer County Medical Society. Fraternally he is prominent in the Knights of Columbus, having attained the Alhambra and the fourth degree, and is also a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, the Laureate Boat Club, and Van Schaick Island Country Club. His religious affiliation is with St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church.

Dr. Connally married (first) Mary Elizabeth Foy, who died in March, 1918. He married (second) Marion Gage Bailey, daughter of Chester Gage and Anna Elizabeth (Connelly) Bailey, and they have one child, Eugene Francis, Jr., born November 27, 1921.

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