The University of Chicago Magazine

December 1997





Constance Trulli Konell, AM'30, a retired language teacher, died September 18. She was 98. A native of Italy, she came to the U.S. in 1921 and became the first woman to graduate from the U of C with a master's degree in linguistics. After teaching at Rosary College in River Forest, IL; St. Xavier College in Chicago; and several Chicago public high schools, Konell retired in the late 1960s. Among the numerous surviving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews, is nephew Frank J. Jakalski, AB'59.

Guy DeFilippis, PhB'31, a public information officer for the Internal Revenue Service, died October 14 at age 89. Born in Italy, DeFilippis taught English and history at parochial and public schools in Chicago; edited a newspaper serving a West Side Italian neighborhood; and in the 1960s and 1970s, hosted a local radio show on tax issues. In WWII, he was a combat intelligence officer for the U.S. Marine Corps. His hobbies included calligraphy and Italian cooking. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters; and four grandchildren.

Robert E. Samuels, AB'35, retired president of the Chicago Yellow Cab Co., died September 19. He was 84. The WWII veteran became president of the company in 1963 and, before retiring in 1977, implemented such innovations as automatic windshield wipers, passenger seatbelts, and his company's distinctive cab color. Among survivors are his wife, Hope; two sons, including Lawrence R. Samuels, AB'68; and four grandchildren.

Albert G. Hart, PhD'36, a former professor of economics at Columbia University, known for his research in monetary policy and economic development, died September 19 at age 88. Interested in the practical side of economics, the former vice president of the American Economic Association worked on tax policy for the U.S. Treasury and the Committee for Economic Development, helping to make income tax more equitable. Also a singer and choral conductor, he is survived by his wife, Ann Webster Hart, AM'41; a daughter; and a son.

Richard E. Knudson, PhB'36, retired director of transportation and distribution for Owens-Illinois glass plants, died April 30. He was 86. The Chicago native lived in West Toledo, OH. He is survived by his wife, Carol Kinney Knudson, SB'34, MAT'35; three sons; two brothers; and two grandchildren.

David Linn, AB'38, JD'40, a retired judge, died August 5 at the age of 80. Linn served on the Illinois Appellate Court from 1976 to 1992, and had been an associate judge in the divorce division of the Cook County Circuit Court. A delegate to the 1970 Illinois constitutional convention, the WWII veteran was a past president of the South Chicago Bar Association. The Skokie, IL, resident is survived by his wife, Doris Ellison Linn, AM'66; a daughter; a sister; and two granddaughters.

Nelson E. Woodley, AM'38, a retired science teacher, died August 7 at age 96. The Hyde Park resident taught at Phillips and DuSable high schools, retiring in 1972. Among his pupils were singer Nat King Cole and Chicago mayor Harold Washington. Survivors include wife Louise and a sister.

Ralph W. Condee, AM'39, a professor emeritus of English literature and the humanities at Pennsylvania State University, died July 31 at age 81. He is survived by his wife, Norma, and three children.

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