Walter William Falck, 90, insurance worker, mayor

July 23, 2004

Walter William Falck, a retired Maryland insurance executive and former mayor of Tamarac, Fla., died of Alzheimer's disease July 16 at Morningside House, an Ellicott City assisted-living facility. The former Severna Park resident was 90.

Mr. Falck was born and raised in Wheeling, W.Va., and began his career with Nationwide Insurance Co. in 1942 as a clerk. He was regional vice president for Maryland, Delaware and Virginia when he retired in 1971.

Mr. Falck had been appointed by Maryland Gov. J. Millard Tawes to a commission that recodified the state's insurance laws. He had also served as a member of the state Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund and led the Maryland Consumers Association.

He had been president of the Anne Arundel Trade Council, vice president of the Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, director of the Maryland chapter of CARE, and on the boards of the Anne Arundel County and Baltimore chapters of the American Red Cross. He was a founding member of Edgewater United Church of Christ.

After retiring, he and his wife, the former Valta Schrumpf, whom he married in 1935, moved to Tamarac. Mr. Falck became active in Democratic politics and served as a member of the Tamarac City Council for six months before being elected to the first of two four-year terms as mayor in 1976.

The couple moved to the assisted-living facility in Ellicott City in 1999, and Mrs. Falck died that year.

Services are private.

Mr. Falck is survived by a daughter, Shirley A. Carey of Columbia; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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