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William Arthur "Bill" Siegel

William Arthur "Bill" Siegel Obituary
SIEGEL, William Arthur "Bill".



Bill Siegel brought his deep, strong heart to everything that interested him, and widely shared his wisdom, whip-smart humor, and keen insights. A father who was thrilled by and committed to his two kids, Louie and Johanna, Bill was also a brilliant filmmaker, educator, storyteller, interlocutor, teacher, mentor, activist and life-long friend to an impossibly large number of people.



Bill was predeceased by father Richard, mother Libby, and infant brother David, and in addition to children Louie and Johanna, he is mourned by sisters, Ellie (William Warren) Siegel, Janet Ha, Margie (Scott Horne) Siegel; his former wife, Lauren Goffen, partner Kim Wade, and seven nieces and nephews, each of whom, like Bill's countless friends, relished a unique and profound bond with him.



Bill earned a B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an M.S. degree at the Columbia University School of Journalism. An internationally acclaimed, award-winning documentary filmmaker, he made The Weather Underground and The Trials of Muhammad Ali while holding down a demanding day job with the Great Books Foundation, where he served in roles ranging from Trainer to Vice President of School Programs. Bill will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, charm, ferocious curiosity--and for his vast pleasure in being alive.



Service Saturday night, December 15th, 6:00 p.m. at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd., (at Niles Center Road) Skokie. A gathering will follow the service. For charity information, including contributions to Bill's childrens' college education, please visit www.cjfinfo.com for updated information. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Skokie-Chapel 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Dec. 13, 2018
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