Arthur Leo Biggins – Lieutenant, United States Navy Government Official

From a contemporary press report:


Arthur Leo Biggins, 82, of Alexandria, Virginia, died Sunday, April 27, 2003.

Arthur was born in Pocatello, Idaho on July 4, 1920, the son of the late Arthur L. and Ann M. Biggins. He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, attending as a son of the Native American Rosebud Sioux Nation, and proudly earned his AB, JD and MBA with honors.

He served his country in the Navy during and after World War II. He joined the Justice Department in 1953 and was a member of their first Honors Program. He represented the interests of the United States Government with the Department of Justice and was proud to have worked on the landmark case of Brown vs the Board of Education early in his career. He spent most of his career in the Tax Division and retired as Chief of Senior Litigation Counsel.

Never one to rest after his retirement, Mr. Biggins provided service to his family, friends and community with unceasing effort providing free legal advice. He became a master gardener, sharing his vast knowledge of horticulture and beauty with all. He lovingly provided care for his mother, Ann, throughout her life and wife, Mary, acting as her champion during her struggle with Alzheimer's disease. His dedication and concern for others was always apparent and he will be grievously missed.

Mr. Biggins is survived by his family: daughters, Gail Michelle Gedeon, Marie Latrelle Stephens, Ann Daunelle Eden, Mary Margot Biggins and daughter-in-law, Eygeniya Katkowski; his son, James Matthew Biggins and son-in-law, Tony Gedon, Harold Stephens and John Eden; his grandchildren, Hill Shaw, Mary Shaw, Bart Gedeon, Tina Papas and great-granddaughter, Olivia Gabrielle Papas.

A service will be held Thursday, June 12, 8:45 a.m. in Fort Myer Memorial Chapel. Inurnment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 01/18/1943 – 03/26/1948
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 07/04/1920
  • DATE OF DEATH: 04/27/2003
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 06/12/2003


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