PARK FOREST, IL, October 13, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Raymond Funderburk a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Mr. Funderburk celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Funderburk's story is a stirring reminder that it is never too late to pursue a fulfilling career. He was inspired to enter the legal field in his 30,s and has dedicated himself to legal service in Illinois for 39 years, becoming a judge with the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago in 1993. Mr. Funderburk is very proud of his achievement, and hopes to be remembered as someone who served and gave back to his community.
Born in Philadelphia to Walter and Inez Funderburk, Mr. Funderburk was initially employed as a bus driver when a colleague spoke about going back to school and studying law. The pair inspired each other and entered the field, both becoming lawyers. Mr. Funderburk attended Olive-Harvey College and the University of Illinois to earn a Bachelor's degree, adding a Master's degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University in 1975. He earned a JD from the University of Illinois at the age of 34, and joined the Cook County Legal Assistance Group in 1978 as a staff attorney.
Mr. Funderburk was recognized for his skill two years later and became managing attorney at the organization. In 1982, he joined O. Kenneth Thomas Limited as an associate, and went on to Jones, Ware and Grenard in Chicago one year later. In 1988, Mr. Funderburk joined Earl L. Neal and Associates, and in 1993, he was appointed to a seat as judge in the city of Chicago.
Mr. Funderburk is proud of the moment he became a judge, fulfilling the hopes he nurtured back in his bus driving days. He is particularly proud of being a legal researcher with the Better Government Association, and has additionally worked with the legal advisory board of Thornton Community College in South Holland, Illinois since 1982. Mr. Funderburk has also served with Aunt Martha's Youth Service in Park Forest.
When not acting as an arbiter of justice, Mr. Funderburk volunteers with his local zoning and housing boards of appeals, the equal employment board, and the local library. From 1965 to 1967, Mr. Funderburk served with the U.S. Army. He is currently a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, the Illinois Judicial Council, the Illinois Judges Association, Phi Alpha Delta, and Alpha Phi Alpha.
For his many years of legal and community service, Mr. Funderburk has been honored with a 1998 to 1999 Distinguished Graduate Award from the College of Law at the University of Illinois and a 2001 Distinguished Graduate Award from Olive-Harvey Junior College. He is the recipient of a 1995 City Partner Award from the University of Illinois, as well as certificates of appreciation from South Suburban YMCA, the Wendell Phillips High School, Thornton Community College, and Aunt Martha's Youth Service.
Mr. Funderburk was selected for inclusion in numerous volumes of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who in the World, and the 1989 to 1990 volume of Who's Who of Emerging Leaders of America. He has four siblings, Caroline, Walter, Ira Darnell, and Kevin. In Mr. Funderburk's spare time, he is fond of running, chess, tennis, golf, recreational vehicle activities, and riding motorcycles.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Mr. Funderburk has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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