Edward B. Chitlik, 60, president of GEM Realtors and Chitlik and Chitlik Appraisers in Alexandria, died of rennal failure Wednesday at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center, where he hab been a dialysis patient for nine years.
He established GEM in 1961. The firm specializes in handling private homes.
Mr. Chitlik was a member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and held the designation of Senior Residential Appraiser. He belonged to the Society of Right of Way Appraisers.
He had served as secretary-treasurer of the Northern Virginia Board of Realtors and taught real estate and real estate appraising classes at Southeastern University.
Mr. Chitlik was born in Cleveland. He was a graduate of Western Reserve University there. He took graduate work at American University.
During World War II, he was Seabee and served with the First Marine Division at Guadacanal. He earned the Silver Star.
Mr. Chitlik came to this area after the war. He operated a small grocery in Alexandria and then was with several real estate firms before establishing his own company.
He was a member of the Optimist Club, and was on the board of directors of the Seminary Hill Civic Association for many years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Kena Temple Shriners. He served as president of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria.
He is survived by his wife, the former Lilyan Zalkind, and a son Glen, of the home in Alexandria; another son, David, of Alexandria; a daughter, Eloise Poretz, of Springfield; a sister, Margaret Segal, of Cleveland, and one grandchild.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Edward Chitlik Memorial Fund at Agudas Achim Congregation.