Donnelly Swims Around Staten Island
August 27, 1960
Donnelly was born in Erie, Pa. and moved to Perth Amboy, NJ as an infant.
Palmer attended local schools, graduating from Perth Amboy High School in
1957. He was employed by Cheesebrough Ponds and attended Seton Hall
University night school for a year. He then transferred to Upsala College
as a day student, majoring in psychology. He was a member of Theta
Epsilon and its president in 1961-62. He wrote a cloumn for the Gazette
concerning fraternity life on campus.
Palmer's long range plan was to try and swim the English Channel if the Staten Island swim attempt worked to his satisfaction. He became the first person ever to swim around Staten Island.
|Palmer's cheering squad road a boat following him during his swim around the island. Pictured are Karl Pierson leading the "Go Palmer Go" chant, Ginny Ryan (Palmer's future wife", Larry Langley, Bill Hopken (obscured), Al Heller, Frank Hamm. Top Row: Satoshi Sasaki, George Hellerman, Marv Kuyper and Joe Hunoval.|
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