Skirven, ran real estate firm

C. A.

August 26, 1994|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

Charles A. Skirven, who for about 30 years owned the real estate company that bore his name, died Tuesday in Arnold, where he had maintained a home since 1973. He was 78.

The family declined to disclose the cause of death.

Mr. Skirven, who had also lived in Sarasota, Fla., retired in 1983 as senior vice president of O'Conor Flynn and Skirven. The firm was created in a merger -- completed in 1983 -- of Mr. Skirven's firm with O'Conor and Flynn Realtors. The firm is now known as O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.

Mr. Skirven was a former president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, the Catonsville Business Association and the Multiple Listing Service of Greater Baltimore, vice president of the National Multi-List Service and regional vice president of the National Association of Realtors.

He was named Realtor of the Year in 1966 by both the city and state Realtor organizations.

Mr. Skirven was active in the Realtors National Marketing Institute, which also certified him as a residential real estate specialist and broker. He also taught courses for the institute and at the Johns Hopkins University and Catonsville Community College.

A resident of Catonsville for many years, he had been president of the Catonsville Optimist Club and a lieutenant governor of the local Optimist International organization. He was a volunteer in the 1960s at the Delrey Development Center United Cerebral Palsy in Catonsville.

He was a member of the Meadows Country Club in Sarasota and the Crofton Country Club.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and attended the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard Reserve in Baltimore.

He was a member of the Siesta Key Presbyterian Chapel in Sarasota and the Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park, where services were set for 1 p.m. today.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Louise Devine; two daughters, Diana Powell of New Orleans and Sandy Skirven of Basking Ridge, N.J.; two sons, Charles Skirven Jr. of Marriottsville and James Skirven of Columbia; a sister, Mildred Skirven of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Daily Bread, 19 W. Franklin St., Baltimore 21201.

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