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John Biggs III died on Monday, 30 March in Wilmington. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Biggs Jr. and Anna Swift Rupert Biggs. He attended Wilmington Friends School starting in 1st grade and graduated in 1947, interrupted only by service in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946.

He attended Princeton University, was a member of Cloister Inn and was enrolled in the ROTC. Upon graduation in 1951 he was posted to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, along with other members of his Princeton class and from there he was deployed to Inchon, Chorwan and Camp Gifou, Korea in the Eighth Army First Field Artillery Battalion and earned three battle stars.

After graduation from Harvard Law School in 1956, he returned to Wilmington where he clerked at Morris Nichols Arsht and Tunnell. He was Secretary of the New Castle County Democratic Committee and served as Attorney for the Senate of the State of Delaware from 1957 to 1960. In 1960 he was the Democratic candidate for Attorney General in the State of Delaware.
He practiced law with John M. Bader for five years. In 1968, in association with Victor F. Battaglia, they established the law firm of Biggs and Battaglia. Jack was licensed to practice in the United States District Court for Delaware and Washington, D.C., in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Delaware Supreme Court. He was a member of the Delaware Bar Association and specialized in the area of Employee Rights and Workman's Compensation Law.

For thirty years he served on the board of the Opportunity Center Inc and did fund raising for his Princeton Class of 1951. He further gave his time to the board of the Wilmington And Western Railroad, as well as The Wilmington Trapshooting Association. He was also a life member of the American Trapshooting Association.

In 1979 upon the death of his parents he developed the family property at Wooddale. He often said that except for two stints in the Army and his college education he lived within 400 yards of the Lancaster Pike all his life. When the Wooddale Covered Bridge was washed away in 2003 he spoke of its loss with great sadness as if he had lost a dear friend but he lived to see a modern replacement of the covered bridge.

A modest man he spent his retirement years attending the Academy of Life Long Learning studying Latin, Shakespeare and the Civil War. He cultivated a very large vegetable garden and walked with the various Brittany Spaniels of dubious pedigree named for Kipling's Kim and Marcus Tullus Cicero.

He was a member of the Wilmington Club, The Vicmead, The American Law Institute, The Aurora Gun Club, The Atlantic Indians, The Society of Colonial Wars and the Princeton Club of New York.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Ann Busch Atwood and their three children, Mrs. Christopher Dick Sanger and Mrs. John Edward Seiffert of Wilmington, Mr. John Atwood Biggs of Los Angeles, California and six grandchildren Anne Biggs Sanger, Mary Shippen Sanger, John Swift Seiffert, Charles Atwood Seiffert, Claudia Holland Biggs and Olivia Atwood Biggs. His brother, Charles Rupert Biggs and Margaret of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and his sister Mrs. David Roosevelt Pierce and her husband of Fall River, Massachusetts also survive along with eight nieces and nephews.

Jack was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where a memorial service will be held on Saturday the 4th of April 2009 at 1:30 in the afternoon.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to The Biggs Library Fund at Wilmington Friends School, 101 School Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19803 or to the Opportunity Center Inc at 3030 Bowers Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802.