Stephen Brian Connolly of Buzzards Bay, a celebrated photographer, died June 17. He was 79.
Born in Boston, he was raised in Roslindale and Canton with his two younger brothers.
He attended San Jose State University on a track scholarship, where he ran track with teammates Tommie Smith and Lee Evans, and also played on the football team. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1967. He received his master’s degree in 1971 in international relations from San Francisco State University (SFSU), where he met Anita Mukarji, whom he married.
He was also an alumnus of the SFSU Strike of 1968, which helped define the school’s core values of equity and social justice, laid the groundwork for the creation of the College of Ethnic Studies, and inspired the establishment of ethnic studies courses at other universities around the country.
After moving back to the East Coast, Mr. Connolly worked as a photojournalist for the Cape Cod Times and The Boston Globe, as well as some national publications. His work, especially his photography, has appeared in numerous national and international publications, television, and documentaries.
Always passionate about sports, baseball was his first love, and he had the opportunity to walk onto Fenway Park field during the 1999 All-Star game with his childhood hero, Ted Williams, whom he befriended late in Mr. Williams’s life.
Mr. Connolly cared deeply about inequality and was committed to fighting for the oppressed. He was a Socialist. He was also a gifted speaker who regaled everyone he met with the many adventures he had throughout his life.
He leaves his wife of nearly 50 years, Anita Mukarji-Connolly, his daughters Anya Mukarji-Connolly and Athya Mukarji-Connolly, and his son, Nick Wood; three grandchildren; a nephew, Sean Connolly; and extended family in India and London. He also leaves his brother Barry Connolly.
He was predeceased by his brother Neil Connolly.
There will be a small memorial ceremony at his home in Buzzards Bay on Saturday, July 20, from 3 to 5 PM.