Gregory Buckingham Beggs
1929 - 2020
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Gregory Buckingham Beggs, son of Charles Norman and Elizabeth (Corsa) Beggs was born on November 3, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in Oak Park, Illinois, Greg played high school varsity football, sang barbershop, starred in the senior play, and played violin and viola in the orchestra. His prowess on the football field earned him a scholarship at Yale University in 1947, where he became interested in studying law. Upon his graduation in 1951, he pursued law school at the University of Chicago and earned his Juris Doctor in 1954.

After serving 2 years in the Army during the Korean War, Greg met and married his wife, Grace Yvonne Dittmann in 1958, and they moved to Downers Grove. They devoted their lives to their four children and their community. They served on multiple committees and fundraised for community advancement and enrichment. Greg was actively involved with The Grove Foundation, the Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce and Zoning Board of Appeals, the DuPage County Bar Association, Naperville Country Club, and Moot Court at the University of Chicago.

Greg practiced patent law in downtown Chicago from 1957 to 1994 before moving to private practice in Downers Grove.  He worked for hundreds of clients, procuring patents and copyrights for them with alacrity. His passion for patent law continued throughout his life.

Though Greg was a man of countless achievements and accolades, his family and friends will remember him most for is sharp wit, his subtle sense of humor, and his tenderness for birds and gardening. He never had too little time to help his grandchildren sprinkle out some seed for chipmunks and birds, or explain to them the delicate personality of a daffodil. Greg loved fall colors-and despite his love for springtime, we will always remember him as October.

Greg passed away on October 31, 2020 in his youngest daughter's residence in Lafayette, IN surrounded by the care of his loving family. He is survived by his children: Holly (Roy) Atwood, Dale (Lorri) Beggs, Glenn (Diana) Beggs, and Robin (Linh) Vi, all ten of his grandchildren, and his great grandson.

A private service will be held at a later time, with virtual capabilities. In lieu of flowers, please send donations or memorials to:

The Grove Foundation

P.O. Box 1072

Downers Grove, IL 60515

My Possibilities

3601 Mapleshade Lane

Plano, TX 75075

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Published in Chicago Tribune from Nov. 11 to Nov. 25, 2020.
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November 18, 2020
I am astonished to read your dad's obit Robin, Holly, Dale and Glenn. Another amazing elder of community in which we grew up and celebrated Christmas. Another elder whom I thought of as just a neighborhood parent, never truly acknowledging their community caring and accomplishments.
I am so sorry for your loss of Marge in 2016 is still fresh in my mind. Like you, we enjoyed the company of one our parents well into her 90's. I celebrate with you that your dad lived such a long, rich and fulfilled life.
Sincerely & with love-
Sarah Hanson
Sarah Hanson
November 16, 2020
A soft spoken man yet intelligent. A friend to my parents for many years! Humble and kind and always a pleasant smile! Much Sympathy and good memories to sustain his children and grandchildren!
Nancy Trevino
November 16, 2020
A wonderful person, colleague and mentor to many. Always with a smile and kind word.
Irene Bahr
Irene F Bahr
November 16, 2020
I did not know Gregg well, having met him through the DCBA book club several years ago. I have tremendous respect for his kindness and integrity to say nothing of his mental acuity. He was a skillful and respectful facilitator with great wit and sense of humor, I enjoyed every meeting with Gregg and learned a great deal from observing his mentoring style. He certainly will be missed. Kathy Bachmann
November 16, 2020
What a wonderful, kind man. A man of many interests, I loved talking to him about gardening. So glad I was able to talk with him at his Great grandsons 2nd birthday last September. He will be missed, May God bless all of you and Keep you in high spirits.
Lawrie J Music
November 15, 2020
My father Jason Gesmer, now 91, went to high school with Greg in Oak Park, and they remained friends for life. When I needed help pursuing my first patent in the early 1990s as a very young man, my father naturally referred me to Greg. He was extraordinarily kind, patient, and generous at that time, and again when I needed help pursuing additional patents in 2013. I am but one among many who will sorely miss Greg. Godspeed and my condolences to all others who held him dear.
Daniel Gesmer
November 15, 2020
November 15, 2020
Missing you already
November 14, 2020
Greg was one of the nicest, smartest, most interesting people I've ever met. All of the participants in the DCBA Law & Literature group treasured him. He always insisted on picking up the dinner tab at Ramey's when we met to choose our next book. And his breadth of knowledge was astounding! Our lives were enriched by his friendship. He will truly be missed.
Bonnie Wheaton
November 14, 2020
With memories and love
November 13, 2020
Greg was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, a talented lawyer, and a kind soul. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed by many.
Allyson Harris
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