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Lawyer , State supreme court justice

Robert Charles Underwood, former state supreme court justice, lawyer. Bar: Illinois 1939.


Underwood, Robert Charles was born on October 27, 1915 in Gardner, Illinois, United States. Son of Marion L. and Edith L. (Frazee) University.


Bachelor, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1937. Doctor of Laws, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1970. Juris Doctor, University Illinois, 1939.

Doctor of Laws, Eureka College, 1970. Doctor of Laws, Loyola University, Chicago, 1969. Doctor of Laws, Illinois State University, Normal, 1984.


Born in Gardner, Illinois, Underwood received his bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1937 and his bachelor's degree from University of Illinois College of Law in 1939. Underwood practiced law in Normal, Illinois. Underwood served as Normal City Attorney and as circuit court judge for McLean County, Illinois.

He also served as an assistant state's attorney for McLean County. Underwood was a Republican. Underwood served on the Illinois Supreme Court from 1962 until his retirement in 1984.

He served as chief justice of the supreme court. Underwood died of a heart attack at his home in Normal, Illinois.


  • Bar: Illinois 1939.


  • Other Work

    • Contributed articles to professional journals.


Everyone needs salvation. Everyone can reach salvation.


The state cannot control the church, nor should the church attempt to dominate the state. However, religious expression should be present in public life.


Every individual should try to be open to others and willing to be changed. Therefore, community members should meet regularly in order to open their hearts, share their knowledge, thoughts and experience.


Vice chairman Illinois Commission Children, 1953-1955. Trustee Illinois Wesleyan University, 1957-1959, 85-87. Past member board directors McLean County Mental Health Center, Bloomington, Westminster Foundation.

Chairman committee to survey legal education needs in Illinois, Board Higher Education, 1968. Numerous other civic activities. Fellow Illinois State Bar Foundation (honorary), Pennsylvania Mason Juvenile Court Institute, Illinois Bar Association (award of Merit 1976), Illinois State Bar Association.

Member American Bar Association, McLean County Bar Association (past president), Illinois County and Probate Judges Association (past president), American Judicature Society (board directors 1974-1979, Herbert Harley award 1986), Sigma Chi, Pi Kappa Delta. Clubs: Bloomington, Bloomington Country. Lodges: Rotary (honorary), Masons (33 degree), Kiwanis (honorary).


Married Dorothy Louise Roy, February 2, 1939. 1 child, Susan Louise Underwood Barcalow.

Marion L. University

Edith L. (Frazee) University

Dorothy Louise Roy

Susan Louise Underwood Barcalow Underwood