Renato W. Beghe, a senior judge with the U.S. Tax Court, died July 7 at his home in Washington. He was 79.

He had liver cancer, said his daughter Francesca Beghe Green.

Mr. Beghe was a tax lawyer in New York for more than 35 years before he was appointed to the U.S. Tax Court by then-President George H.W. Bush in 1991. As a Tax Court judge, he tried and adjudicated cases between taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service.

During his two decades as a judge, he wrote more than 200 opinions. He retired from the bench in 2003 and had been serving as a senior judge, hearing cases on a part-time basis.

Renato William Beghe was born in Chicago. He was a 1951 graduate of the University of Chicago and a 1954 graduate of its law school. He was a lawyer at the New York firm Morgan, Lewis and Bockius before moving to Washington in 1991.

His memberships included the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels.

His wife of 57 years, Bina House Beghe, died in March. Survivors include four children, Eliza Beghe of Norway, Maine, Adam Beghe of Chicago, Francesca Beghe Green of Garrison, N.Y., and Jason Beghe of Malibu, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

— T. Rees Shapiro