LINDA M. SAMUEL

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LINDA MARIE SAMUEL  
1956 - 2013  

Linda M Samuel, longtime Justice Department official, passed away September 13, 2013 after a two-year battle with cancer.
A native of Chinchilla, Pennsylvania, Linda received a BS in 1978 from Penn State University, and then moved to Washington, DC, where she earned a J.D. from Catholic University, and later, an LLM from Georgetown University Law School.
Linda began a career in the service of her country at the Department of Agriculture. She continued as a devoted public servant serving in the Department of Energy from 1981 to 1984. She worked as a Trial Attorney in Department of Justice's Civil Commercial Litigation Branch from 1984 to 1990 and then transferred to the Department's Criminal Division. There, she rose to become Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section's International Unit.
Linda was known for her extraordinary sharp mind, her quick wit, indomitable spirit and undying passion for justice for all. Her skill, warmth and fairness earned her the respect and gratitude of dignitaries from around the world. Her wise counsel and warm friendship will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Linda is survived by her husband, Jake Jakubos; their son, Oliver and two daughters, Kendall and Haley. Also surviving are her parents, Gordon and Jeanne Samuel; her five siblings, Valerie Samuel Scott, Kelley Samuel, Jennifer Samuel Bernier, Susan Samuel McPherson and Gordon Samuel, Jr.; as well as her nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held in her honor at The Department of Justice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation at TNBC Foundation, PO Box 204, Norwood, NJ 07648.


Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 21, 2013
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