"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.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com