Dr. Robert E. Funderlic was born September 20, 1937 to Nicholas and Loretta Funderlic of Chicago. His parents and late sister Joann Meegan guided him to his love for bridge, and Bob later attained Life Master status. He always counted himself fortunate to pursue his college studies at the University of Notre Dame. In 1959 Bob married Gail DeVriendt, his loving companion for the last 50 years. They moved to Oak Ridge, TN where he began his professional career for Union Carbide Corporation. He received his doctoral degree in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee in 1970. In 1986 Bob accepted the chairmanship of the Department of Computer Science at NC State University. His research interests included design, implementation and analysis of numerical linear algebra algorithms for high performance computing. Because his best university times were spent with students as they explored their potential, Bob received the George H. Blessis Teaching and Advising Award in 1997. He also proudly served as the liaison for Aquinas House, the Catholic center at NCSU. After his retirement he was able to pursue his passion for golf that had begun as a caddy at age 11. Bob departed from this life on September 5, 2009 and will be fondly remembered by friends and his wife Gail, daughter Susan Fisher of Chicago, and sons Martin and Michael Funderlic of Knoxville. His greatest sources of joy were his grandchildren Catherine and Matthew. Family visitation will be held on September 8th from 6 to 8 PM at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary. A funeral mass will be held at St. Andrews Church in Apex at 11 AM on September 9th. Burial will be in Oak Ridge, TN. The family requests that donations be made to the Evans Scholars Foundation, 1 Briar Road, Golf, IL 60029 or to St. Mary’s School, 323 Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830.