[[Category:CBOT - Current Employees]] [[Category:CBOT]] Thomas Cunningham was the chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade from 1983-1984. Cunningham was also a pit trader of corn futures at the CBOT. He passed away on August 20, 2012, at the age of 74. 
Cunningham started trading in the late 60's, borrowing money from his wife's family to buy a floor membership. After years of success, he was appointed chairman of the CBOT, overseeing the years of rapid exchange growth, when options on futures were introduced. He was seen as a mentor to many and was known for having great reserve even when taking large financial losses.
Cunningham received a law degree from Depaul University and is a graduate of Fenwick high school in Oak Park, Ill.