Salvatore DeMarco, chairman of surgical department at Good Samaritan

Salvatore "Skip" J. DeMarco III, the retired chair of the department of surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital, died Thursday of complications from leukemia at that hospital. The Towson resident was 84.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Charlcote Place in Guilford, he was the son of Salvatore Joseph DeMarco Jr., a surgeon, and Frances Krouse. A 1951 graduate of Loyola High School, he earned a bachelor's degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and was a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. DeMarco completed his residency at Mercy Hospital and spent many years on its staff. He was later on the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and was chair of its department of surgery from 1970 to 1977 and from 1998 to 2006. He retired in 2009.

He served for many years in the Maryland National Guard, retiring in 1993. A colonel, he also held the title of state air surgeon.

He enjoyed sailing and powerboating on the Chesapeake Bay and was an avid reader. He was also a car buff and had owned sport utility vehicles.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Mary Kay Ford DeMarco, a nursing faculty member at the Community College of Baltimore County; three sons, Salvatore "Jay" DeMarco IV of Baltimore, Stephen F. DeMarco of Bethany Beach, Del., and Scott C. DeMarco of Kennesaw, Ga.; two daughters, Suzanne DeMarco Ferris of Towson and Kristen DeMarco Rickard of Lutherville; and seven grandchildren.

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