Robert "Bob" Begam
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Begam, Robert "Bob"
Robert (Bob) Begam, 87, died on July 26, 2015 in Phoenix AZ. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he was a member of one of the first graduating classes of Bronx High School, of Science, attended Yale College, and was one of the youngest men to graduate from Yale Law School. Bob met his wife of 58 years, Helen (Clark), who pre-deceased him in 2007, at Yale where they were both involved in the Drama School. After graduating from college, Bob married Helen in 1949 and moved to Phoenix in 1954, where they raised their family and where Bob served in the United States Air Force and later co-founded the law firm of Langerman, Begam, & Lewis (now Begam, Marks, & Traulsen). Bob's 50-year, distinguished law-career in Phoenix included arguing Arizona's Colorado River water rights before the United States Supreme Court, representing the United Farm Workers and the Navajo Nation, and serving as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Bob was active in local and national politics, including working on Robert F. Kennedy's and John Lindsay's presidential campaigns and serving as a delegate at the 1968, 1972, and 1976 Democratic Conventions. Bob was also active in various community and cultural organizations, serving on the Boards of the Phoenix Boys & Girls Club, the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Arizona Repertory Theater, Phoenix Little Theater, and Arizona Theater Company. He acted in or directed numerous critically-acclaimed plays in Phoenix, including "Waiting for Godot," "The Glass Menagerie," "Under Milkwood," "Antony and Cleopatra," and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" In his spare time, Bob wrote two novels, traveled the world, and played an excellent game of golf. Bob had a tremendous influence on those who knew him; when he cleared his throat to tell a story, people listened. And Bob was a fearless man - whether confronting a band of armed men deep in the Congo or speaking before the U.S. Supreme Court, Bob fully embraced life. He died peacefully surrounded by his two sons, Richard and Michael Begam, his daughter-in-law, Christiaan Hendrickson, and his companion, Kate Cummings. He is survived by his two sons, his daughter, Lorinda Camparo, his two granddaughters, Robyn Purchia and Stayce Camparo, and his great grandson, Elliott Clark Purchia. There will be a private service for the family to celebrate Bob's extraordinary life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Arizona Theater Company, 400 E. Van Buren Street, Suite 720, Phoenix, AZ 85004.




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Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 16, 2015.
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September 10, 2015
Thank you, friends and family, for your sincere expressions of sympathy and kind condolences. Your warm thoughts and memories of our father are deeply appreciated.
Richard, Lori, and Michael Begam
September 4, 2015
I am so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. He was a delightful and talented man that Michael and I enjoyed immensely! Bob and Helen were honored guests at our wedding in Barbados. Only wish that Michael and I could have spent more good times with our wonderful friends, Helen and Bob.
Nancy Colley
September 2, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to all. Bob was an incredibly bright, talented and charismatic individual. The world is a little less bright without him! Love to all. Our prayers are with you. Peter and Kathy
August 21, 2015
I was Robert's barber for over fifty years. There isn't enough space to put in words the many adventures that I experienced with Bob from doing the hair of Joe Jenks for his performance in Virginia Wolf to helping get the Boys and Girls club of Phoenix Super Bowl pool started.One should take time to read Robert's two books. I attended a lively discussion at his book signing at the Poison Pen Book store on his last book.I have some nice photos from that evening.I could go on and on with countless stories that were spun while he was getting his manicure and haircut weekly. His tales of his meeting Frank L. Wright when he first moved to Phoenix were priceless.The many stories of his world adventures with Helen were genuine gems.I learned a lot about baseball from him,from being a member of the'Knot Hole Gang' in Brooklyn when he was a kid to following our Diamondbacks through the world series.I think that we both broke even on our weekly pro football bets. I personally wish to thank Kate for all she did for Bob and bringing him to and from my shop she is a remarkable lady. There will be a huge void in our appointment book on Thursdays and we will deeply miss our impeccably dressed conversationalist...God speed Mr. B
Ron Thomas
August 18, 2015
So sorry for your loss of Bob. God sees your tears and feels your pain. Deepest sympathy.
Lin
August 18, 2015
Bob, it was such a pleasure to have had you as one of our patients. You will be truly missed.
Rebecca Limon
August 16, 2015
Sorry for your loss. May you gain comfort through pouring out your heart to God in prayer. (Psalm 102:1)
Pat
August 16, 2015
My deepest condolences to all family and friends. May the hope found in Gods' word the bible out weigh the grief you currently feel. 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14
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