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Viola Carlberg McConnell

Viola Carlberg McConnell, American author, editor. Recipient 6 year service award American Red Cross, Minneapolis, 1945, merit award Church Women United, 1973, National Church Women United, New York City, 1986, Valiant Woman award, 1986, Washburn Crosby Company Good Neighbor of Northwest, 1973, Civic and Cultural Volunteer award Mayor of Minneapolis, 1985.

Background

  • McConnell, Viola Carlberg was born on January 1, 1903 in Albia, Iowa, United States. Daughter of John Sven and Anna-Marie (Anderson) Carlberg.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Minnesota, 1930. Postgraduate, University Minnesota, 1970.

    Career

    • Diocesan president Girls' Friendly (Episcopal) Society, Minnesota, 1944-1957. Bishop's public relations director Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota, 1964-1979. Diocesan correspondent Living Church and Episcopalian, United States of America, Minnesota, 1954-1986.

      Vice president St. Paul's Church Women, Minneapolis, 1960-1964. With State Board Church Women United, Minnesota, 1944-1973. Numerous positions with Episcopalian Church.

      State chairman 50th anniversary State Board Church Women United, Minnesota, 1984-1986. Episcopalian representative Minnesota Council of Churches, Minneapolis, Radio-television committee, 1964-1974. National missions chairman Girl's Friendly Society, New York City, 1951-1954, national public relations chairman, 1954-1957.

      Public relations director International Center of University Minnesota, 1958-1971. Non-government representative for Episcopalian Executive Board United Nations Planning Session 10th Anniversary, New York City, 1954. Communications consultant Minnesota Episcopalian Diocese, 1989-1990.

    Works

    • Author: The Virgin Islands, 1952, Haiti, 1953, Focus on Liberia, 1954. Editor magazine Communique, International Center University Minnesota, 1957-1971. Producer (television program) Citizens For Eisenhower in East Room White House, Washington, 1956.

      Editor newsletter Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of Minnesota, community chairman, 1976-1986. Writer video St. Paul's Episcopalian Parish House. Contributor articles to magazines.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Public relations chairman Young Women’s Christian Association Board, Mplw., 1946-1947, 53-54, Republican Committee. Representative Police Advisory Council, Minneapolis, 1976-1981. State radio/television chairman Citizens for Eisenhower, Minneapolis, 1956.

    Researcher for history committee Friends of Institute Minneapolis Institute Art, 1990-1992, also volunteer. Researcher St. Paul's Parish Hall, Minnesota, since 1980. Active Minnesota History Society, since 1989.

    Member Religious Public Relations Council (life, national board directors 1964-1966, various offices Twin Cities chapter 1955-1986), Church Periodical Club Episcopal (life), Minnesota Press Club, Episcopal Communicators, Minneapolis Institute Art (sustaining), Women's Club Minneapolis, Minneapolis Club, Alpha Chi Omega (50 Year Golden Girl award Minneapolis 1976, Best of Best Alumnae award Indianapolis 1987, Lowry Hill history committee 1993-1994), National Republican Committee (sustaining).

    Personality

    Interests

    Art, world travel, photography, family geneology, researching and writing books.

    Connections

    • Married Harold Graham McConnell, January 8, 1927 (deceased February 1974). 1 child, Anderson Graham (deceased May 1991).
    • father: John Sven Carlberg
    • mother: Anna-Marie (Anderson) Carlberg
    • spouse: Harold Graham McConnell
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    Born January 1, 1903
    Nationality
    • 1930
      University Minnesota
    • 1970
      University Minnesota
    • 1944 - 1957
      Diocesan president, Girls' Friendly (Episcopal) Society
      Minnesota, United States
    • 1944 - 1973
      with State Board Church Women United
      Minnesota, United States
    • 1954 - 1986
      Diocesan correspondent Living Church and Episcopalian
      Minnesota, United States
    • 1960 - 1964
      vice president, St. Paul's Church Women
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
    • 1964 - 1979
      Bishop's public relations director, Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota