Joseph Purschke, Union, was named the East Central College Outstanding Alumnus for 2013.
The award is presented annually to an ECC graduate who has used his or her degree to provide a service to the community.
Cookie Hays, ECC vice president of student development, made the presentation at commencement Saturday, May 18, at the Union campus.
Purschke is a partner in the law firm of Purschke, White, Robinson, Becker and Briegel, LLC, Union, and is active in the community.
He is a member of the Union Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus. He also serves on the boards of Gateway Center for Autism, Gateway Center for Education and Therapy, Union Fire Protection District, Franklin County Cares and the East Central College Foundation.
Purschke previously served as Union city prosecutor and has been a substitute municipal judge in Sullivan, Union and Washington.
He is a judge in Rosebud and Leasburg and the city attorney for Gerald. He also is the legal counsel for the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission and has served as assistant Franklin County counselor for 13 years.
Purschke recently has been retained as Warren County counselor and does pro bono work for both Scenic Regional Library and the Franklin County Fair Board.
He also is involved with Robin Hood Charities and the St. Joseph Society. In 2010 he received the Union Jaycees Outstanding Young Man award.
A graduate of Union High School, Purschke played baseball and football and served as senior class vice president. He also coached girls basketball at Immaculate Conception Grade School, as well as Little League basketball and in college he coached American Legion baseball.
When he was a student at ECC, Purschke served as a tutor for math students.
After graduating from ECC, he went to Missouri State University in Springfield where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.
Purschke presently lives in Union with his wife and three children.
“Joe grew up here, started at ECC, came back to work and make his home here,” said ECC President Jon Bauer. “He spends time each day making our community a better place. Joe exemplifies all of the best qualities of our students and alumni and he is well-deserving of this award.”