Monday Memories: Writing Father Chili’s Obituary

So, this is what I did today.

Albert Chili of University Town died at home on January 23, 2014 following a brief illness.  He was 91.

Al was born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts on February 12, 1922, the only child of Albert and Clara.  He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physics from Tufts University, then served as a radar officer aboard the U.S.S. John Weeks in Japan from 1944-1946.  Upon his return to the States, Al went on to earn a Master’s in Engineering Science and Applied Physics from Harvard in 1947 and continued to teach at Tufts while earning a Doctorate in Applied Physics from MIT in 1952.  

 Al wed Mother Chili in August of 1956 and the couple moved to University Town where Al accepted the position of Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering with Local University.  He was promoted to full professor in 1962 and spent a long and distinguished career as a valued member of the EE Department conducting research, authoring numerous papers, and mentoring generations of students.  

His research took him all over the country and the world to places like Washington D.C., Peru, South Africa, and Grenoble, France.   Al loved travel and took regular sabbaticals to move his family to England, where he was able to combine his professional and personal passions working as a consultant and visiting lecturer with Oxford University and King’s College while bringing his children to sites all over Europe.  

Al retired from his position as a Professor at LU in 1994 and continued to travel.  He and Mother took trips all over the world, visiting Russia, China, Egypt, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Greece and Turkey.

Al was an active member of the LU Community Church and oversaw the sound system for the church for decades.  He also consulted as an acoustics expert for the local Air National Guard station, recorded a number of his wife’s choral groups, volunteered for community events, and edited Loran Lines, the newsletter for the National Loran Association.

Al is survived by Mother, his wife of 57 years, and four children.  In addition to his sons- and daughter-in-law and six grandchildren, Al leaves behind countless friends and colleagues.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held at the LU Community Church in University Townon Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 in the afternoon.  A reception will follow the service. 


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