MERK DIED as the result of his second heart attack July 10, 1990. The earlier attack in Mar., although serious, did not slow him down. He and his wife, Helen Morris Halsey, whom he married in May of 1943, continued their weekly Sunday trip to the Black Angus Antique Market. Helen liked to work along with Merk, and states, "in 47 years of marriage I never knew a dull moment."
Merk was born in Philadelphia. He attended the Haverford School, and at Princeton was active in 150lb. crew, single sculling, BRICABRAC, NASSAU HERALD, and Colonial Club. After Princeton, Merk went into advertising, and soon had his own agency. During the war he served 46 months in the Navy, a third of the time on the U.S.S. SOUTH DAKOTA in the Pacific, rising to rank of It. commander.
The Beitlers had no children. Merk's survivors are his widow, Helen; two sisters: Barbara, Mrs. Harcourt N. Trimble, and Eleanor, Mrs. Nathan D. Cortright. To them we extend our sincere sympathy in the loss of this interesting man.
The Class of 1930