Rex O’Connor, Sr., and his wife, Mary Evelyn, established this collection in honor of their son, Rex Jr., through a charitable remainder trust. Rex Sr. (‘51 J.D.) completed his undergraduate studies at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before entering the Notre Dame Law School. Now semi-retired from the private practice of law, he has provided pro-bono legal services to numerous organizations and clients in his community, local and beyond. He also serves as a director of Extruded Aluminum Corporation and director emeritus of Independent Bank Corporation. He and Mary Evelyn have three children: Peter, Rex Jr., and Mary B. O’Connor (’96). They live in Ionia, Michigan.
At Notre Dame, the O’Connors are members of the Edward Frederick Sorin Society, the Stephen Theodore Badin Guild, and the Order of St. Thomas More.
In addition to this collection, they support the Rex, Patrick, and Mary Evelyn O’Connor Family Endowed Collection of Irish Law, the Peter J. O’Connor II Endowed Law Library Collection, and the Mary B. O’Connor Endowment in the Mendoza College of Business. They are also active members of the Notre Dame Club of Grand Rapids.
Rex P. O’Connor, Jr., is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he majored in international relations. He is currently the director of sales and marketing at the Great Wolfe Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan, and is active in the local chapter of the United Way and Leadership Grand Traverse. His wife, Kimberly Ann, is a first-grade teacher. They reside in Thompsonville, Michigan, with their three daughters: Maren, Madison and Hadley.