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Specks, Granvil I. 86, of Evanston, passed away on the 23rd day of September of natural causes. Beloved husband of Marcia Specks; dear father of Gary Specks (Andrea) and Jill Specks (Jack). Granvil, known as "Gig", was also a nurturing grandfather to three, Vicki, Cara and Jeffrey Specks. Native of Texas, born in Dallas on April 5, 1927, Granvil graduated from Southern Methodist University followed by Northwestern University law school. He received an undergraduate degree, a Masters in accounting and a law degree. Granvil taught accounting at DePaul University while completing law school. Following his successful endeavors in academia, Granvil married Marcia Greenburg with whom he spent 65 wonderful years. They raised two children, traveled the world and were inseparable. During their life adventures, one of the deepest passions they shared was their love of art. Over the years they accumulated a world renowned collection of German Expressionist art, much of which currently resides in a dedicated wing of the Milwaukee Art Museum bearing their names. The importance Granvil attached to remembering the horrors of the Holocaust were reflected in his production of the film "Eyewitness" which was nominated for an academy award in the short documentary category. The film chronicled the lives of three artist/prisoners who worked in secret and artistically memorialized everyday life in the Nazi concentration camps. Granvil's love of art was matched by his passion for the law. Beginning his legal career as a business lawyer doing real estate hotel deals for Hilton Hotels Corporation all over the world, he eventually formed his own firm, Specks & Goldberg with his partner of more than 30 years, Perry Goldberg, specializing in Plaintiffs' antitrust litigation. The firm became one of the leading antitrust litigation firms in the U.S. with a preeminent national reputation. Granvil's favorite charities, and there were many, included those dedicated to civil rights, the eradication of poverty in the U.S and Jewish causes. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Oct. 17 to Oct. 23, 2013
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