As publisher of The Register-Herald, Connor led a five-year campaign to control black flies in Southern West Virginia, after dozens of mothers brought their children, eyes swollen shut from fly bites, into the newspaper offices.
The newspaper proposed spraying Bti, a bacteria that controls black flies and mosquitoes but is harmless to humans, in the New, Bluestone and Greenbrier Rivers. The spraying is now done regularly.
After retiring from newspapers, Connor served as executive director of the Beckley Area Foundation. During the 1980s, Connor also served as a member of the Marshall University Board of Advisors and the West Virginia Board of Regents, the former governing board for the state's higher education system.
In 1990, Connor was named the recipient of the Spirit of Beckley Award for his enthusiastic support of cultural and economic development in the Beckley area.
In May, The Register-Herald reported that Connor had recently been experiencing health problems that had led to breaks in both his shoulders and in one arm.