Charles Gordon Gilbert Sr., a retired real estate appraiser and World War II veteran, died Wednesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Edenwald retirement community. The former Towson resident was 88.
Born in Baltimore and raised in the Glencoe and Murray Hill sections of Baltimore County, he attended Calvert Hall College High School, City College, the Gilman School and graduated from Towson High School.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, and joined his father in a commercial real estate business on East Lexington Street.
During World War II, he joined the Army and served in an engineering unit in Europe. He landed at Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy and later participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He attained the rank of captain.
He was a past president of the Maryland Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. In 1971 was president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. He taught real estate appraising for 30 years at the evening school of the Johns Hopkins University.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, Charles Street and Northern Parkway, where he had been an usher.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Cordelia Phillips; two sons, C. Gordon Gilbert Jr. of Baltimore and Steve P. W. Gilbert of Towson; two daughters, Phyllis G. Smith of Columbus, Ohio, and Caroline R. L. G. Moore of Arbutus; and nine grandchildren.