Rody Patterson Biggert a longtime resident of Hinsdale, Illinois died on November 15, 2018. He was 82 years old. His parents and two sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by his beautiful family consisting of his wife of fifty-five years Judith (Judy) Borg Biggert, daughter Courtney Caverly (Marty) of Pacific Palisades, California, daughter Alison Cabot (Chris) of London, England, son Rody of New York, New York, and daughter Adrienne Morrell (Jarrett) of Bethesda, Maryland; his nine grandchildren Martin “Bray,” Gillian, and Grant Caverly, John Henry, Matthew and Ethan Cabot and Greer, Charlotte and William “Anders” Morrell. His wonderful family provided unending love and support to Rody during his battle with leukemia.
Rody was born on April 13, 1936 in Gary, Indiana and moved to Chicago and then Hinsdale, Illinois where he attended Monroe Elementary, Hinsdale Central High School and graduated from Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1954. He received his B.A. in economics from Amherst College in 1958, where he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. Following service in the U.S. Army, Rody graduated from Northwestern Law School in Evanston, Illinois in 1963 where he met his wife Judy, who went on to serve on the Hinsdale District 86 School Board (1976-1985), Illinois General Assembly (1992–1998) and the U.S. House of Representatives (1999-2012).
In 1963, Rody joined the Chicago-based law firm of Seyfarth, Shaw where he enjoyed a 38-year successful career practicing labor and employment law. His major clients included General Cable Corporation, Jos Schlitz Brewing Company, Wagner Castings Company, Heil Quaker Company, Acme Steel Company and Interlake Iron Company. Upon retirement in 2001, Rody founded Human Resources Advocates LLC to help clients navigate employment and legal issues. For the past twenty years, Rody also served until his death as an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), negotiating settlements among litigants in financial disputes.
Rody was very supportive of his community serving on the Hinsdale Zoning Board of Appeals and the College of DuPage Foundation. He was an active member at Hinsdale Golf Club, University Club of Chicago and the Chicago Investors Society.
Rody was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing tennis and squash and skiing. He loved sailing and took the family on several bare boat charter cruises in the Caribbean.
Family and friends will gather for a funeral service at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 23 at Grace Episcopal Church 120 East First Street Hinsdale, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Misericordia Home, 6300 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60660 are welcome.