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MSU alumnus and former instructor Dr. Tim Conner dies

Dr. Tim ConnerMSU alumnus and former education instructor Timothy W. Conner II, Ph.D., died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville at age 40.   

Born July 3, 1980, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the husband of Della Howard Conner and the son of Tim and the late Terri Conner and the late Marleen and Bruce Troxell.   

Conner graduated with a degree in music education from MSU in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2005. Most recently, he earned his Director of Special Education Level II certification last year. He worked at MSU in 2018-19 as an assistant professor of educational psychology in the Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education. He taught in several school systems throughout his career, most recently in the Jefferson County School District as a sixth-grade teacher at Lassiter Middle School.   

In addition to his wife and father, Tim is survived by his son, TJ Conner; a stepdaughter, Jaime Miko; four grandchildren, Kendall, Haylee, Parker and Lincoln; brothers Jesse Lucy, Michael Conner and Benjamin Conner; sisters Trina Lucy, Sarah Conner, Heather Strawder, and Larissa Conner and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Maryanne.  

A celebration of life is being planned for sometime later this year. Memorial donations may be made to the MSU Choirs. To donate, visit   

Photo credit: Northcutt and Son Funeral Home