John F. Connor
John F. Connor
August 25, 1928
John F. (Jack) Connor was born and raised in Beverly, a south suburb of Chicago. He graduated from Notre Dame cum laude in 1949 and ater two years in the U.S. Marine Corps became a Special Agent for the FBI in Miami and New York. In 1960, Jack joined Becker’s Chicago commercial paper department and quickly was successful in selling and buying promissory notes. Jack lived through the commercial paper disruption of 1963 and resisted the efforts of John Friedlich to join Lehman and desert Becker. Rather quickly, Jack was put in charge of the paper business and in due course hired Jack Donahue, Ray Ryan, and Tom York, among others, to build the business under his leadership. Jack became a member of the Board and the Executive Committee, and for a period of time, Executive Vice President and Treasurer. Joining Roger Brown, Jack retired in 1973. After retirement, Jack reentered the securities business as a Chicago partner of Steve Weiss, of Weiss, Peck, and Greer. In 1979, Jack returned to Becker as Vice-Chairman of A.G. Becker, in the Chicago office. Later, with Becker’s demise, Jack become an independent financial consultant before his death in 2004.
Chicago Tribune, April 20, 2004. John F. “Jack” Connor, beloved husband of Alice, nee Sebesta; loving father of two sons, two daughters and 12 grandchildren, two brothers, one sister and fond uncle of many. Internment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Jack was a proud alumnus of St. Columbanus, DeLaSalle Institute and the University of Notre Dame. He was the founder of Notre Dame’s Leahy’s Lads Scholarship Fund. Jack was an active member of St. John Fisher Parish, Ridge Country Club and the Ye Olde Has Beens and a former member of the Mercy Hospital Board of Directors. Jack was employed as a Special Agent for the F.B.I. and as the Vice Chairman of A.G. Becker. He was the author of “Leahy’s Lads”, “Connor-The Life of George Connor” and numerous poems. Jack loved God, his family and his many friends.