KARACHI: Khursheed KA Marker, a prominent member of the society and a pillar of the Zoroastrian community of Pakistan, breathed his last on December 11, 2010, closing the chapter on what had been a long and illustrious life.
Marker was born in Quetta on November 21, 1925 to Kekobad Ardeshir Marker and Meherbano Pestonji. He received his early education at the prestigious Doon school in the Indian state of Uttarakhan, where the name of the Marker family exists to this day in the form of the ‘Marker cups’ which are awarded to students for academic excellence.
After returning from Cambridge University, he soon found himself running the family business, Marker Alkaloids, which had been set up by his grandfather Kekobad Marker.
The record of his achievements and the positions he held is too long to enumerate here, as Mr Marker was one of those unique individuals who remain active till the end of their days. He served as chairman PICIC, presiding over a period of sustained growth. He was also the chairman of the audit board of the security and investment bank limited, a member of the policy board of the SECP and also held the position of trustee in the Layton Rehmatulla benevolent trust.
His talent drew the attention of several policy makers. He was appointed minister for water and power during the caretaker government of Moeen Qureshi, and was a member of the debt reduction and management committee set up by the government of Pervez Musharraf.
Marker is survived by his brothers Jamshed and Minocher Marker; daughters Aban and Meher, his son Ardeshir and several grandchildren.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2010.