Obituary: Cornelius Hamel
Cornelius "Con" Hamel, a graduate student in Romance Languages & Literatures since 1984, died July 11 in St. Cloud, Minn., after a long illness. He was 35.
Hamel had been on the faculty at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., for the past five years. He was working on his dissertation, "Development of the Grotesque in Early-20th-Century Spanish Theater: Benavente, Arniches and Valle Inclan," with Rene de Costa, Professor in Romance Languages & Literatures.
Hamel also was a Lecturer in the College for more than two years and had taught at Columbia College.
"Con was a popular and highly regarded lecturer. His classes were as entertaining as they were informative," said Aileen Mandel, Administrative Assistant in Romance Languages & Literatures and a longtime friend of Hamel's.
He is survived by three sisters. A memorial service will be held at the College of St. Benedict in the fall. Plans for a memorial service at the University are pending.