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Obituary: Richard “Dick” Siegal ’47

Aug. 6, 2010: Minneapolis Tribune: Richard "Dick" Siegel, age 86, of Minneapolis.

Husband, father, uncle, brother, Bwana. Predeceased by parents, Oscar and Celia, twin brother, Robert, and infant son, David. Survived by loving wife, Libby; children, Ellie (Bill Warren), Janet (San Ha), Margie (Scott Horne), and Bill (Lauren Goffen); eight grandchildren; brother David, and several nephews and nieces.

Dick was orphaned at age 11 and grew up with his brothers in Mount Vernon, NY. He served in the U.S. Navy as Lieutenant (j.g.) on the minesweeper USS Hopkins in the Pacific during WWII. Attended Antioch College ("heaven on earth" he called it) on the GI Bill where he met and married a coed from Minneapolis, Libby Epstein, in 1949.

In 1950, after earning his J.D. at the University of Chicago (Law Review), Dick moved with Libby to Minneapolis. He began his law career and helped build an exemplary civil practice with Siegel, Brill, Greupner, Duffy & Foster P.A., retiring after 47 formidable years as an attorney.

Whether on his bicycle, windsurfer, skis, or Gravely tractor, traveling the world, or strolling between the sauna and Rogers Lake at the cabin he adored, Dick embraced life completely. His openhearted love for his family meant we all basked in his genuine joy, pride and affection. He relished studying Shakespeare and attending opera, symphony orchestra and theatre performances with Libby. He reveled in discussing life plans and current events with his children, swimming and laughing with his grandchildren, arguing politics, chopping wood, and engaging in the company and conversation with friends. He was vigorously active, and we are in awe of his derring-do.

His life motto, 'leap first, look later,' inspired gravity-defying adventures. He died after swooping down a hill on his bike at Lake of the Isles on his way to the public library. He left the way he lived-at full speed, with high energy and great heart.

Memorial service will be held at noon SUNDAY, August 8th at TEMPLE ISRAEL, 2324 Emerson Av. S. in Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in honor of Dick to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (call Sarah Bane, 651-292-4314), or to the charity of your choice. Family will receive friends during Shiva at the Siegel home, 2733 Thomas Ave S., from 7:00-10:00 p.m., August 8th and 9th. People are encouraged to come with a favorite spoken or written anecdote or photo to share and/or leave with the family. There will never be a last word on Dick Siegel.

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