Richard Ackler, 90, engineer, jewelry maker

July 01, 2004

Richard Ackler, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. engineer who had a second career as a jewelry maker, died of complications from cancer Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The North Baltimore resident was 90.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Reisterstown Road in the Pimlico section, he was a 1931 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. His subsequent employment at BGE was interrupted by enlistment in the Navy and service with the Seabees as an electrician in the South Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he earned an engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University and became an industrial engineer for BGE. He retired in 1977.

With his wife of 59 years, the former Nancy Markey, he designed and made jewelry for more than four decades. Beginning in the 1950s, they displayed their sterling silver, rosewood and ebony pieces at craft shows at Druid Hill Park, the Jewish Community Center and Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as events along the East Coast.

He was a founding member and officer of the Maryland Craft Council, and among the artisans who founded a wholesale craft show at Stowe, Vt., a forerunner of Baltimore's annual winter craft show, where he was a volunteer.

Active in Boy Scouts, he helped lead Troop 439 in Rodgers Forge and served as a Scouting commissioner. For 45 years, he attended national events and Scouting jamborees. He received the Silver Beaver Award and was a brotherhood member of the Boy Scout's Nentico Lodge No. 12.

He was a member of the Maryland Genealogical Society, German Society, Civil War Roundtable and Woodworkers Guild.

Services are private.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Bryan H. Ackler of Portland, Ore., and a daughter, Lois R. Abbott of Hampstead.

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