Wayne Alan Beugg
72, died in St. Louis on January 25, 2021.
Wayne was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 16, 1948 to the late Helen (Cooke) and Henry Dixon Bugg, Sr., and was raised, along with his older brother, Dick, in Kirkwood and Frontenac. He graduated from the St. Louis Priory School in 1966, then headed east to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned a BA in Sociology. He continued his education at St. Louis University, where he received his MBA.
Wayne began his career in finance at Tower Grove Bank, before moving into investments at Stifel Nicolaus, EF Hutton, AG Edwards, and St. Louis Capital Management. Pursuing his lifelong passion for photography, Wayne left finance and moved to Santiago, Chile to teach photography and English at the Benedictine Schools of the Manquehue Apostolic Movement, and he started Wayne’s World of Cameras, a photographic equipment company.
Wayne’s photographic interests were broad, encompassing everything from African animals and nature scenes to historic clocks. He took great delight in seeking the perfect shot, some of which ended up in photography shows or on the web, years before Instagram. He enjoyed coaching baseball and lent his photography skills to the Priory football team. Wayne had a lifelong love of dogs (Joey and Abby, Jack, Babes, Rusty, Heidi, Lassie, and the Daisies); his time with his dogs was one of his greatest pleasures in life.
Wayne enjoyed international and family travel from a young age, venturing first to Europe, then the Far East, the Holy Land, Egypt and Turkey, later to Africa, and lastly to Central and South America. Later in life, he delighted in his visits to his children and grandchildren in Denver, nieces and nephews in Los Angeles, and his reunions with the Cooke cousins on the East Coast.
Wayne had many adventures, including white water rafting and chasing a giant marlin off the coast of Hawaii, but perhaps the most notable was celebrating his 21st birthday at the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York! He acted on stage in high school (with Kevin Kline!) and college, then was excited to return to acting later in life as an extra in the film “Up In the Air.” Many will remember him for his quick wit, amazing vocabulary, and outstanding sense of humor.
As befitting someone trained by both Benedictine monks and the Jesuits, Wayne was truly a contemplative in action. A founding member of the Oblates of the St. Louis Abbey, Wayne had a 60 year association with the Abbey community, and he valued the quiet and simplicity of their tradition. On his first visit to the Manquehue community in Santiago in 2002, he accompanied Abbot Patrick Barry of Ampleforth Abbey (England) and his friends and fellow Oblates Michael Kramer and John Roslevich, who later became Brother Sixtus Roslevich OSB. Wayne and John returned for a second visit in 2005, at which time Wayne took up residence in the capital city. These visits, and his service trips to Nicaragua, combined Wayne’s love of travel with his desire to help others. Back in St. Louis, Wayne worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Anselm Parish, making home visits to those in need on Saturday mornings. For the past 35 years, Wayne made an annual White House Jesuit retreat during Holy Week.
In recovery since July 30,1990, Wayne truly loved and was grateful to his fellow AA members. He delighted in helping those members in need; he was available to them day or night, serving as a sponsor to many. For many years, Wayne led the AA prison ministry in St. Louis County. His fellow members remember him as a man with a big heart who persevered in recovery for over 30 years despite many obstacles. They saw him as a shining example of the power of faith and spirituality. They, too, remember his sense of humor and how he loved to talk about his grandchildren!
Wayne is survived by his children, Alan Beugg (Katie), Peter Beugg (Ruthie), and Katherine “Katie” Weinhold (Brad), his grandchildren, Emma Beugg; Campbell, Penelope, Juniper, and Arthur Beugg; and Isabel and Addison Weinhold; and his former wife, Joanne Vollmer Beugg, all of Denver; his brother Henry Dixon “Dick” Bugg, Jr (Ann) and his niece Margaret “Meg” Beugg, all of St. Louis; his nephew Michael Beugg (Linda) of Los Angeles; his former Vollmer in-laws, nieces, and nephews; his cousins in the East, Beth DuBoff, Kathleen Maher, and Sr. Jane Reilly CSJ, Jane Cooke and Barbara Nash; great niece and nephews Nicholas, Elizabeth, and William Beugg; and Sally Albers.
Services: A Memorial Mass for Wayne will be held at St. Anselm Church at the St. Louis Abbey at a later date when circumstances allow. Wayne donated his body to the St. Louis University School of Medicine. Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Anselm Parish or the St. Louis Priory School (details below).
If you would like to be in contact with Wayne’s family, you may send a message to:
St. Louis Priory School
Attn: Advancement Office
500 South Mason Road
St. Louis, MO 63141