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Mark Selko was born on October 9, 1918 in Baltimore Maryland. Son of Louis Selko and Rose Levin. His was brother to Denise Kerbel Sherman, Hilda Siegel, Shirley Gottsagen and the late Soll Selko.

Mark entered Johns Hopkins University at the age of 16. He graduated "Phi Beta Kappa" at age 18, having tutored upperclassmen in math during all three years at Hopkins.

He came to California where he met and married his wife, Jewel (Aka Bunny) in 1949. They remained lovingly married for 70 years until her passing in 2017.

Mark served in WW II as a Warrant Officer and was stationed in the S. Pacific.

In 1951, Mark was called back into the Army for the Korean War. He served as a recruiting officer.

Mark and Bunny began their joint work as apartment house developers after the conclusion of the Korean War. Their company's name "MarkWell" Construction a combination of their names, demonstrated the depth of their partnership. Bunny was the designer of each apartment and Mark was the builder.

They designed and built both of the homes in Beverly Hills in which they lived for a total of 65 years.

Mark and Bunny began traveling the world in the early 1950's and never stopped. They were deeply engaged in public policy matters and were early members of Ronald Reagan's California brain trust. Mark was a supporter of foundations that were of conservative/libertarian think tanks in California and Washington, D.C. By the early 1980's, Mark had developed close ties with the free-market oriented Chinese political leadership surrounding Deng Xiaoping.

Until the end of his life, Mark remained a deeply committed to his virtues, values and ethics and the love for human nature. He was a brilliant man who loved and lived life to the fullest. He educated so many of us and continued to demonstrate by his actions the persons we want to strive to be for we respected him so highly. If he was a friend to you, you were blessed with his values and loyalty.

He has touched so many of our lives and he will be deeply missed. We love you Mark forever.