In Memoriam: Charles O’Connor, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Founding Director of AMRI

Charles O’Connor, the founding director of the Advanced Material Research Institute (AMRI) at the University of New Orleans and professor emeritus of chemistry, died on November 7, 2021. He was 73.

O’Connor, who retired in 2012 following a 33-year career at the University, was a world-renowned and respected chemist. He joined the UNO faculty in 1979 to teach and develop research programs in inorganic, solid-state, and materials chemistry.

During his tenure at UNO, O’Connor directed the Ph.D. and M.S. thesis research of more than a dozen graduate students and the research activities of more than 40 post-doctoral students. Results of his research have been reported in more than 400 peer-reviewed publications in the scientific literature and more than 250 presentations at scientific conferences and symposia. 

He is survived by his wife, Sally O'Connor, two daughters, Dr. Christine O'Connor and Emily Kashare, a sister, Margaret Tominosky, a brother, James O'Connor, and four grandchildren. 

Charles O'Connor

In honor of his commitment to science, O’Connor’s family requests that contributions in his memory are made to the Charles J. O'Connor Scholarship Fund established at the University of New Orleans College of Sciences.

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