Louis Conti
1919 - 2014
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General Louis Conti passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, the former Miss Dorothy Kellogg of Utica, New York who passed away on January 30, 2014. General Conti was born on November 28, 1919 in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Cornell University in June 1941. While attending Cornell, he played guard on the outstanding Cornell football teams in the 1938-1940 seasons. He also participated in the famous "5th down" game in 1940 between Cornell and Dartmouth where Cornell lost by forfeit. He was selected to play in the 1941 East-West Game. His military career commenced in August 1941, when he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve as a Seaman, Second Class. From this period until the end of World War II, he joined Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 243 (VMSB 243), Goleta, CA, in January 1943 and went with that squadron to Ewa, Oahu, Hawaii, in February. During combat operation he was attached to the following: Marine Fighter Squadron 211 and Headquarters Squadron, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Base Defense Wing (VMSB 236), serving on Palmyra from March to July, 1943, Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 236, as a pilot and material officer of these squadrons at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, Guadalcanal, Munda, Bougainville, and Green Island in the Solomon Islands. He participated as a dive bomber pilot in four campaigns during this period. In May of 1944 he returned to the United States and joined Marine Photographic Squadron 354 until March 1945 when he returned to the Central Pacific with this Unit and was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24 on Guam in the Marianas. He was then assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing on Okinawa as commanding officer of the photo detachment in support of air operations on Okinawa and photo missions over Japan. In March 1949, General Conti resigned from the Regular Marine Corps to accept a position on the Football Staff at Cornell University, and at the same time he accepted a Reserve Commission in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He then joined Marine Fighter Squadron 441 (VMF 441), Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Niagara Falls, NY, as its executive officer. From August 1952 until April 1953, he served as operations and executive officer of Marine Photographic Squadron 1 (VMJ-1), Marine Aircraft Group 33, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Korea, completing 102 combat missions. In 1956 he resigned from Cornell University to accept a position with General American Transportation Company (GATX) in Chicago. He was elected a Vice President of the corporation in 1967, director in 1969, President of GATX Terminals Corporation in 1975, and Sr. Vice President of GATX Corporation in 1976. GATX spun off Marine Transport Lines (MTL) in 1983. He took on the role of Chairman and CEO of this new company until his retirement in April, 1985. While serving on the GATX and MTL Board of Directors, he served as a Director for Emerson Electric Company, Roadmaster Corporation, Roadmaster Industries, Inc., and ESCO Electronics Corporation. He was inducted into the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. He was inducted as Cornell University's honoree into the Ivy Football Association in 2007. While furthering his civilian career, General Conti continued to be active with the USMCR. In 1958, he participated in the formation of the first Marine Air Reserve Group at Glenview, IL and served as its commanding officer through 1960. He subsequently served as Commanding Officer, Headquarters, Marine Air Reserve Training (Reserve) from 1962 until 1964. After his elevation to Major General in 1973, he was reassigned as Assistant Director, Marine Corps Reserve. He then became a special assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for I&L at Headquarters Marine Corps. He was President of the Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board from 1974-75. He was also appointed to the Reserve Forces Policy Board in March of 1974. In 1977, he was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as the civilian Chairman of the Reserve Policy Board and served until 1985 in this capacity. In addition to the Distinguished Flying Cross and five Air Medals, he received the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign, Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver star in lieu of five bronze stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal, the Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. He is survived by five children: Paul L., Bruce A., Barbara A., Suzanne M. Saint Germain, and Michael S. A son, 1st Lieutenant Robert F. Conti, USMCR, was killed in the Vietnam War in November 1969. Major General Conti has ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial Mass, 9:30 AM, Monday, February 24, 2014 at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Palatine.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Robert F.Conti '68 Scholarship, Lafayette College, 307 Markle Hall, Easton, PA 18042. Funeral information and condolences www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.



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Published in Chicago Tribune on Feb. 20, 2014.
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February 14, 2020
Lou was a powerful influence in my life and one that remains important to me. His strength of character and leadership will always be an example to me. I was lucky to know him and his family.
Donald Locke
February 14, 2019
A high standard mentor
George Braun
Military
December 25, 2015
I feel so deeply sad hearing of the news of General Conti and Mrs. (Dottie) Conti's passing. He was not only my boss for a short time but he was also my friend at GATX for a very, very long time. I am so so sorry that I was not informed of his passing as I would have, in person, said good-bye to a great, great man. General Conti, you were loved, you were respected and you were just the greatest. My sympathy to all the family.
Carol Johnson
February 1, 2015
Mike, and Conti family,

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your mom and dad. Mike, my parents would sit next to your dad at mass these past years and comment on his devotion to your mom. I remember fondly your mom as I visited in your home as a boy. I was not lucky enough to meet your dad.

Condolences,

Peter Cormier
December 16, 2014
I am very sorry to find that my dad's dear friends, Lou and Dorothy have passed. I tried Lou's cell yesterday, as it was the 8th anniversary of my Dad, Jim Calvetti's passing. Lou and I talked frequently leading up to my dad's death, he and Dottie were kind to drive oout and go to lunch with Dad. Lou gave a beautiful tribute to Jim at his funeral-was of great comfort to me- and I'm sorry to see that he has passed. He truly was a great man! Sincerely,
Margo Calvetti Frost
Margo Calvetti Frost
March 8, 2014
Our condolences and thoughts of the wonderful memories you have of your parents.
Sincerely,
Larry & Karen Anderson
February 28, 2014
Our sincere condolences.
Jim Barber
February 25, 2014
Dear Conti Family:

I wish I could offer some words to sooth your spirit or comfort you, but I can only tell you how sorry I am for the deep loss you are experiencing.
Denise Wipert
February 22, 2014
my friend, mentor and the greatest American
I have ever known. Our condolences to the
family for the loss of your wonderful parents.
mike and nancy eddy
February 21, 2014
Lou had a deep effect on my life. I spoke to him about all of my important life decisions and always received clear and unbiased advice.
Lou's family has always been very welcoming and kind. I consider myself lucky to have met them. I offer my most heartfelt condolences for both Lou and Dottie. They leave behind such a strong family group I know the remaining Conti clan will make their Mom and Dad proud. Tell me anything I can do.
Don Locke
February 20, 2014
To the Conti clan. Lou and Dottie will long be remembered with fondness by all of the Itins..We always considered them both our guiding lights. Lou was my coach, confidant and mentor. Like so many whose lives Lou and Dottie touched..we are forever grateful.. Lou's "Dear Cornell" was always in his mind and actions.. A "giver" never a "taker" We miss you both.

With our love

Tom and Shirley Itin and family.
Thomas and Shirley Itin
February 20, 2014
Alexander White
February 20, 2014
The passing of General Conti is a great loss to our country and his family. He was truly a warrior, a mentor and leader in all aspects of his life. May you find peace in knowing he is in a better place with his beloved wife.
We are sorry we are unable to express our condolences in person; however, we are currently in California.
Major General Dean & Mrs. Velda Sangalis, USMC (Retired)
February 20, 2014
Have a safe flight to Post Everlasting, Sir. Sgt.Lloyd Kuehn, Glenview Marines
Lloyd Kuehn
February 20, 2014
My husband and I were so sorry to hear of Mr. Conti's passing away and so close to Mrs. Conti's passing. I (Kathy) worked for him at GATX for only a few years after Pat Buus left. Every time I came to work at 8:30, his stogy cigar would have been almost smoked since he arrived at work at 7. What a smart and ambitious man who loved his family. All the best to you all.
February 20, 2014
I had the opportunity to get to know the General by assisting in driving him to the Glenview Marines monthly luncheons. He reminded me of one of the Patriachs of the Greatest Generation that brought us through WWII, Korea and laid the base for the growth of the Marine Corps Reserve. He excelled in all that he did; Family, Corps and Business. He is now back full time watching over us all.
Jim Homan
Col USMC (ret)
James Homan
February 20, 2014
Semper Fi General,... leaving a sterling legacy of leadership in the Chicago Marine community. Col Will Holahan sends.
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