April 26, 2018
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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Dr. Raymond Joseph O’Connor, 61, died at home in the presence of his family Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005. Dr. O’Connor was born Jan. 20, 1944, in Dublin, Ireland. He was a graduate of the University College Dublin where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics and a graduate of the University of Oxford where he obtained a D.Phil in zoology. He was a former resident of Orono, where he was a member of Our Lady of Wisdom Parish. In 2005, he moved to Greenville, N.C. with his family. He held teaching positions at Queens University, Belfast from 1972-1975 and the University College of North Wales, Bangor, from 1975-1978. He became director of the British Trust for Ornithology from 1978-1987. From 1987-2005, he held the position of professor, department of Wildlife Ecology in the University of Maine, Orono. Amongst the many honors he held were the Nuffield Foundation Biological Scholar 1969-1971, Fellow of Institute of Biology 1983, National Research Council Senior Research Fellow 1993-1994, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow 2001 and in 2005 was elected Fellow of the American Ornithologists Union. Dr. O’Connor is survived by his wife of 26 years, Deirdre Mageean; his son, Eoin H. O’Connor of Greenville, N.C.; a sister, Geraldine Wilson and her husband, Ray; and a brother, John F. O’Connor and his wife, Angela, all of Dublin, Ireland. Also surviving are numerous nephews and nieces in Belfast, Dublin, and Houston. A Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Greenville, N.C. Flowers may be sent or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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