By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
6:20 PM EDT, March 11, 2012
Dr. Raymond L. Markley Jr., a retired Baltimore gynecologist whose specialty was female urology, died March 4 of pneumonia at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
The former longtime Towson resident who was residing at Oak Crest Village, was 89.
The son of a Lutheran minister and a homemaker, Raymond Law Markley Jr., was born in Chambersburg, Pa.
When he was a teenager, he moved with his family to Lynchburg, Va., when his father was assigned to a church in the city. They later moved in 1936 to Greencastle, Pa., where he graduated in 1939 from Greencastle High School.
He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1943 from Gettysburg College, and because of World War II, went through an accelerated three-year program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree in 1946.
After completing his internship at Bon Secours Hospital, he served in the Army Medical Corps where he attained the rank of captain, and had been chief of the anesthesia department at Tilton General Hospital at Fort Dix, N.J.
He was discharged in 1950.
Dr. Markley completed a three-year residency in gynecology at the old Hospital for the Women of Maryland on Bolton Hill in 1953.
He began the practice of gynecology, with a specialty in female urology, in 1954 in the Medical Arts Building on Cathedral Street.
He later had offices on York Road in Timonium and at the Ruxton Towers apartments at Charles Street and the Beltway.
Dr. Markley was also on the staff of Greater Baltimore Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Union Memorial Hospital.
From 1954 to 1990, he was an assistant in gynecology at what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center, and an instructor in gynecology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and at Johns Hopkins Hospital, during the same years.
He was a consultant in gynecology at what is now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center from 1954 to 1990, and from 1954 to 1958 he had been the Baltimore Police Department physician who examined women and children.
Dr. Markley also was the author of numerous articles concerning cancer of the cervix and endometrium. In 1962, he was granted a patent for a cervical tourniquet which is a type of clamp, explained his daughter, Paula Markley Burger of Herndon, Va.
"That clamp allowed me to enter the world and helped my mother keep her pregnancy," said Ms. Burger. "I was a preemie and when I was born I weighed 21/2 1/2 pounds."
In 1974, Dr. Markley co-developed with Dr. Albert Milan, an instrument they called MI-MARK, that was used to detect endometrial cancer.
"It collected cells and was used in the United States and Switzerland," his daughter said.
"He was very well-respected. Our patients came from all over the East Coast and even Florida," said Judith J. "Judy" Holman, who worked for Dr. Markley as his office manager for 30 years. "He also did radical cervical cancer surgery when needed at Hopkins and Union Memorial."
Ms. Holman described him as a "wonderful man."
"That's why I stayed so long and the patients simply loved him because he treated them with gentleness, kindness and love," she said. "He was a very quiet man and in 30 years, I never heard him once raise his voice."
Dr. Markley was a member of the American College of Obstetricians, Gynecologists, and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and had chaired the Maryland Medical Political Action Committee from 1971 to 1972.
He had been a member for 50 years of the American Medical Association and a founding fellow in 1979 of the Gynecologic Laser Society.
His professional memberships also included the Baltimore Medical and Surgical Society, Maryland Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
He was also a member of the Baltimore County Medical Society, Maryland Medical Society and the Southern Medical Society.
At the time of his 1990 retirement, Dr. Markley's practice was located in the Osler Medical Center professional building in Towson, which he owned.
After retiring from practice, Dr. Markley returned to college and earned another bachelor's degree in ceramics in 1994 from Towson University, and liked making ceramic desktop fountains.
He had been an active member for many years of First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guilford.
A Mason, he was a member of Mount Moriah Lodge 116, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Friends of the Towson Library.
Dr. Markley was a stamp collector and enjoyed playing bridge. He also was an avid gardener and had built a greenhouse on the back of his Stevenson Lane home.
He and his wife of 52 years, the former Doris Himler, who died in 1999, had been longtime season subscribers to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The couple also enjoyed dancing.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Oak Crest Village, 8800 Walther Blvd., Parkville.
In addition to his daughter, Dr. Markley is survived by a son, D. Kieffer Markley of Millington, Kent County; a brother, the Rev. William A. Markley of Westminster; a sister, Jane Davis of Selbyville, Del.; and three grandchildren.
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