Eugene V. Connett 3d - Obituary

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SOUTH ORANGE, N. J. Sept 20 -- Eugene V. Connett 3d, author and former publisher of sports books, died today in Orange Memorial Hospital. He was 78 years old and lived at 170 Turrell Avenue.
Mr. Conett, who was executive assistant to the New Jersey State Highway Commissioner from 1943 to 1946, graduated from Princeton University in 1912 and served in teh Army Chemical Warfare Service in World War I.
In 1927, after 14 years in the family hat factory at Orange, Mr. Connett founded the Derrydale Press in New York, specializing in sports books and prints. He closed the press in 1942 and later was a consultant to the D. Van Nostrand Company, publishers.
Mr. Connett had formerly served as an associate editor of the Sportsmen's Magazine and Country Life.
He was involved in the publishing of 200 books and was himself the author of six. Among his own books were "Wing Shooting and Angling," "The Small-Boat Skipper and His Problems" and "Any Luck."
Well-known as a trout fisherman and as a yachtsman, he formerly was president of the Anglers Club of New York and the New Jersey Fish and Game Conservation League and commodore of the Bellport Yacht Club.
Surviving are his widow, the former Kathryn Underhill; a son, Eugene V. 4th; a daughter, Elise C. Baker; two sisters, Mrs. Marion Jewett and Mrs. Helen L'Hommedieu, and seven grandchildren.
The funeral service will be private.



Published in the NY Times 9/21/1969