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.
OBITUARY TEXT , PUBLISHED OCTOBER 4, 2013 WASHINGTON POST
Linda M. Samuel, Justice Department official
Linda M. Samuel, a Justice Department lawyer who worked to recover funds acquired through international crime, died Sept. 13 at the Washington Home hospice. She was 55.
The cause was breast cancer, said her son, Oliver Samuel-Jakubos.
.Ms. Samuel, a District resident, worked in the Justice Department for 29 years, first as a trial lawyer in the Commercial Litigation Branch from 1984 to 1990. She then transferred to the criminal division and, in 2002, became deputy chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section's international unit.
In that role, which she held until her death, she represented the Justice Department at the United Nations and other international bodies.
She was a recipient of the Justice Department's John Marshall Award for Asset Forfeiture in 2012 for her work in cross-border cooperation in forfeiture and money laundering matters.
Linda Marie Samuel was born in Milton, Fla., and grew up in Chinchilla, Pa. She was a 1978 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and 1981 graduate of Catholic University law school. She received a master's degree in law from Georgetown University in 1986.
Early in her career, she was a trial lawyer for the Department of Energy.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Jake Jakubos, and three children, Oliver Samuel-Jakubos, Kendall Samuel-Jakubos and Haley Samuel-Jakubos, all of Washington; her parents, Gordon and Jeanne Samuel of Pensacola, Fla.; four sisters, Valerie S. Scott of Raleigh, N.C., Kelley Samuel of Washington, Jennifer S. Bernier of Silver Spring and Susan S. McPherson of Sherborn, Mass.; and a brother, Gordon Samuel Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz.