Courtney Harris Funn, 63, associate deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, died of lung cancer Aug. 4 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She lived in Upper Marlboro.
As associate deputy secretary, she helped promote tourism as well as business and economic development for small, minority-owned businesses. She oversaw the administration of multicultural outreach programs, coordinated meetings between business owners and state officials and played a key role in strategic networking at workforce development conferences.
"She was one of those people who knew everyone and everyone knew her," Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele said. "And believe me, you were better off knowing her. She often brought to the table smaller businesses that otherwise might have been forgotten."
Before joining the agency in 2003, Ms. Funn worked at Bowie State University as the chief administrator for all library and library-related activities.
Ms. Funn was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville. She received two master's degrees, one in music education and administration from Columbia University and the other in library science with a concentration in library administration from the University of Maryland.
In addition to her work, she had volunteered with more than a dozen civic and professional organizations over the past three decades. She was a member of the National Forum for Blacks in Public Administration, Prince George's County Personnel Board, American Library Association, Prince George's County Interfaith Action Committee, Prince George's County Human Relations Commission, Academic Council of Research Libraries Commission, Maryland Commission on State Parks and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
She was a member of the board of the Prince George's County chapter of the American Red Cross and vice chair of the Maryland Coalition of Women for Responsive Government, which gave her its 2003 Award of Excellence.
Ms. Funn enjoyed classical music, going to the movies and spending time with her grandchildren, her friends said.
Her marriage to Langston Funn ended in divorce.
Survivors include longtime companion Gary McNett of Bowie; a daughter, LaMarr Funn of Upper Marlboro; and three grandchildren.