Peter Bovey

Peter Bovey, 73, died suddenly at his Oak Park home on July 12, 2018 with his wife and daughter by his side. The son of Frank Alden Bovey, II and Shirley Elfman Bovey, he grew up in the St. Paul, Minnesota area and attended St. Paul Academy. His father was a renowned scientist who worked for many years at Bell Labs. 

Mr. Bovey attended Harvard College and then earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent years building houses in Vermont, Arizona and Maine, where he acquired his architect stamp. The new technologies that became available in the 1980s enabled him to open a computer business, Micrographics, in Chicago. Around this time, he married Ruth, his wife of 30 years. They eventually moved to Oak Park where his interest in architecture was revived and he opened Oak Park Renovations. 

A pacifist and activist against the Vietnam War, he participated in many protests, and opposed the recent political changes. For some years, he studied Eastern philosophies, including Zen Buddhism and the teachings of Meher Baba. Friends and family always looked forward to annual Hanukkah parties and seders his family hosted. He had a never-ending thirst for knowledge and an inexhaustible curiosity; his unique brilliance was complemented by his humble nature and keen sense of humor. Warm and helpful, he had a great love for reading, folk music, hiking, bird-watching, and nature (especially in Florida and Michigan where he loved to stay, his favorite spot being his porch in South Haven). 

Peter Bovey is survived by his wife, Ruth Bovey; his children, Rebekah Bovey, Diantha Bovey, Solomon Bovey and Rachel Bovey; and his grandchildren, Saya and Lorik. 

Friends, family, and others whose lives were touched by Peter are welcome to a memorial celebrating his life on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Morton Arboretum from 11 to 3 p.m. Lunch will be served. 

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