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Morton J. 'Morty' Macks

Morton J. 'Morty' Macks

Morton J. "Morty" Macks, an influential and innovative developer who founded Chesapeake Realty Partners, which grew into the Baltimore metropolitan area's largest family-owned homebuilder, died April 30 at his Delray Beach, Fla., home of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 90.

"He was one of my personal mentors and a man I greatly respected," said James C. Johnson, former president of Loyola Federal Savings & Loan. "Morty Macks was a gentleman and a gentle man, and I think that's something we'd all like to have said about us. He was just a wonderful human being."

"Morty was really, really very smart," said Bob Brown of Bel...