Knowles, Nancy Welch

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Nancy Welch Knowles passed away on Au­gust 26, 2017 at the age of 86. She was born on Novem­ber 23, 1930 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was an ac­com­plished busi­ness­woman and in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized phi­lan­thropist who was dis­tin­guished by her ex­cel­lent busi­ness prac­tices and com­mit­ment to health care and the arts.

She was a mem­ber of the Lyric Opera Board of Direc­tors and a mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. She was re­tired as Chair­man of the Board of Knowles Elec­tron­ics, Inc., which is a world leader in the sub- minia­ture elec­tronic hear­ing in­stru­ment tech­nol­ogy and is the largest man­u­fac­turer of mi­cro­phones in the world.

Nancy served on the Loy­ola Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Board of Direc­tors and was be­stowed with the 2008 Sword of Loy­ola. Ms. Knowles was a Trustee of the In­ter­na­tional Shake­speare Globe in Lon­don, Eng­land, which houses the Nancy Knowles The­ater, also known as "The Lit­tle Nancy The­ater." Nancy had been a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion of Met­ro­pol­i­tan Chicago Women’s Council, The Chicago Zo­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety Women’s Board, and served on the Board of the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica.

She was hon­ored by the Na­tional Hear­ing Aid Foun­da­tion with the Ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Work Done Award. Ms. Knowles was the Pres­i­dent of The Knowles Foun­da­tion, which sup­ports arts and cul­tural pro­grams, higher ed­u­ca­tion, health­care, and speech and hear­ing cen­ters. She at­tended St. Mary’s Col­lege of Notre Dame and later re­ceived her B. A. de­gree in lan­guages from the Univer­sity of Iowa. She worked as a trans­la­tor for many years af­ter grad­u­a­tion. She en­joyed trav­el­ing, be­ing with friends, win­ter­ing at her home in Jupiter Is­land, Florida, and en­joyed sum­mers at her home in Hins­dale, Illi­nois.

She was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents, Cather­ine and Fred Knowles; her sis­ter, Joan ( Alan) Joseph; and her hus­band, Hugh S. Knowles. She is re­mem­bered with love by Hugh’s chil­dren, Mar­garet and Kather­ine; her niece, Nancy ( David) Hill, and their chil­dren, Nikki and Nathan Hill; eight step- grand­chil­dren, 11 great- grand­chil­dren, and three great- great- grand­chil­dren.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to any of Nancy’s fa­vorite char­i­ties: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Loy­ola Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Elmhurst Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal or Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion In­sti­tute of Chicago. A Funeral will be held on Thurs­day, Au­gust 31, 2017 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 64 Nor­folk Av­enue, Claren­don Hills, IL. The Lyric Opera will per­form at 10: 15 a. m. fol­lowed by a 10: 30 a. m. Funeral Mass. In­ter­ment to fol­low at Mount Em­blem Ceme­tery, 520 E. Grand Av­enue, Elmhurst, IL.

"Nancy was one of Lyric Opera’s most en­thu­si­as­tic and de­voted sup­port­ers. Her smile, friend­li­ness and her op­ti­mism will never be for­got­ten." -- Al­lan B. Muchin, Chair­man Emer­i­tus, Lyric Opera of Chicago Board of Direc­tors.

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