Charles L. “Chuck” Marks, retired insurance executive and real estate agent, dies – Baltimore Sun
Charles L. “Chuck” Marks, a retired American City Indemnity Co. executive who also worked in real estate sales, died of cancer last Friday at the Gilchrist Center in Towson. The resident of Perry Hall was 85 years old.
Charles Leroy Marks, son of John Marks, a baker, and Anna Marks, a housewife, was born in Baltimore and grew up on Aisquith Street.
“He grew up in poverty, one of seven children,” said his son, David Marks, of Perry Hall, Republican City Councilman for Baltimore County’s 5th Circuit.
Mr. Marks was a 1954 graduate of City College High School. Two years later, he accepted a job as a claims adjuster at American City Indemnity Co., eventually rising to senior vice president. In 1993 he retired.
Mr. Marks studied law at night at the old Mount Vernon School of Law, now the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he received his law degree.
“He was the first member of his family to graduate from college,” his son said.
While working for the insurance company, Mr. Marks met and fell in love with former secretary Gloria Wagner, who also worked there. They married in 1971.
In 1978 the couple moved to Perry Hall and Mr Marks became active in community affairs and served on the board of the Perry Hall Improvement Association.
Former Democratic City Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, also of Perry Hall, appointed Mr. Marks to serve a four-year term on the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission.
In 1995, Mr. Gardina appointed Mr. Marks a member of the Baltimore County Board of Appeals, replacing William T. Hackett, the former chairman. He then served nine years and served as chairman for four years.
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Mr Marks, who earned his real estate license, also had a second career, working as a real estate agent for several firms including Long & Foster and Coldwell Banker for 38 years.
“He was well known and respected in the real estate industry,” his son said.
Mr. Marks was a member of Perry Hall Presbyterian Church and Camp Chapel United Methodist Church, also in Perry Hall.
As an Orioles and Ravens fan, Mr. Marks also enjoyed travelling.
“In his work with the insurance company, he has visited all 48 contiguous states,” Mr. Marks said.
The funeral took place at the Schimunek Funeral Home in Nottingham on Monday evening.
In addition to his 51-year-old wife and son, Mr Marks is survived by two grandchildren, Nicholas Wyatt Marks, 18, and Madeline Elise Mae Marks, 13, of Perry Hall.