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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Connell Foreman

Connell Foreman
Connell Foreman
Correctional Officer V
Skyview Unit

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

59-year-old Connell Foreman, Correctional Officer V at the Skyview Unit in Rusk, died on September 25, 2021.

Officer Foreman was tested on August 30, 2021, at the Skyview/Hodge Unit and subsequently tested positive. She was admitted to the hospital due to complications from COVID-19 and placed on a ventilator on September 8, 2021. Her condition deteriorated and she passed on September 25, 2021.

“Officer Foreman was a dedicated employee of TDCJ and her service will never be forgotten,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “She was an asset to the agency and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends, and co-workers at the Skyview Unit.”

Officer Foreman had a total of 39 years of service as a state of Texas employee. She worked at the Rusk State Hospital for 23 years. She began her TDCJ career on August 11, 2005, and was assigned to the Hodge Unit. She retired on July 31, 2013, from the Skyview Unit and was rehired on March 10, 2014.

Skyview Unit Senior Warden Larry Berger said, “Mrs. Foreman was loved by her family at TDCJ. She was often assigned to the Skyview 4 Building Desk and would greet each visitor with a smile and a warm welcome.” He added that she had a motherly demeanor, a genuine spirit and cared deeply for her co-workers. He concluded by saying “she loved her job and considered those she worked with as family.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had sixty-six employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.