Jan 9
Guest Speaker: Chris Markey

NDEr; died twice---extensive life review; lawyer; US Air Force Academy Prep

Chris Markey was born July 29, 1950 in Maywood, Illinois. Immediately after his birth, his father left from the hospital for 22 months in Korea. At the age of 5 his family moved to Hubbard Woods, IL, and he attended Sacred Heart grammar school (Fransiscan Sisters), Loyola Academy, where they won the city championship in 1965 and 1966, then the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep school (red shirted), Xavier University, Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., 1973. DePaul University, double MS in Administration of Rehabilitation Services, 1977. Juris Doctor degree, 1996, from The John Marshall Law School.

Chris\' Dad was Howard T. Markey, the only surviving jet test pilot of the original ten high altitude test pilots in Alaska. Eventual Major General, Commander of Illinois Air National Guard at O\'Hare, Named by Nixon as a Federal judge in 1972, formed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was its first Chief Judge (nineteen years). The same Howard T. Markey after whom the Congress renamed the National Courthouse. Nothing much to live up to!

Chris married Peggy Morrissey June 9, 1972 and they are still married. They adopted two sons at birth: Thomas, born 9/16/84 and Patrick, born 5/9/85.

His career includes on the job training in all the basics of vocational rehabilitation at the Jewish Vocational Center (4 years), eventually becoming liason to Northwestern\'s Psychiatric Institute where they became aware of The Thresholds—psycho-social rehabilitation of chronically mentally ill adults (8 years) He was then made Vocational Coordinator at the central location, Clinical Director of the South Branch (47th & Halsted), Assistant Director of the South Branch, and Director of the South Branch. He also sold and leased industrial properties from Elk Grove Village to Elgin, Illinois (6 years).

Chris went to law school at the age of 42 and graduated after four years of night school. He became the only Associate Attorney to Michael W. Coffield & Associates (10 years) and has operated his own firm for the past four years. He also taught \“Counseling and Negotiations\” at The John Marshall Law School for ten years.

On October 9, 2006 he had a triple bypass operation at Rush Presbyterian Hospital. On October 10, 2006 at 8:15 am. and again at 10:15 am. he died. Although he has not yet pursued obtaining his complete medical records of the event, he was told he was gone the first time for 6 minutes and the second time for 13 minutes. His death experience happened the same way both times and he is bound to describe \“it\” to anyone who is willing to listen.

\“IT\” is immediate, \“IT\” is painless, \“IT\” teaches us about our souls, \“IT\” was an incredible celebration, \“IT\” was a life review and for him, \“IT\” depended on his answer to one question repeated at every step of his life review…A question extraordinarily simple yet more than a little complex. Join us to find out what \“IT\” was!