Charles S. Marek
Artist, Civil Engineer
Born August 8, 1891 in Czechoslovakia, he graduated from a three-year course at Meyer Both College, Chicago. Shortly after coming to Hawaii in 1915, Mr. Marek worked as a Fire control and later Topographical Draftsman in military service. During WWI, he served with the U.S. Army Hawaiian Department headquarters and later at Officers School, Camp Fremont California. In 1921 he returned to Honolulu to continue his military career and married.
From 1922, he was in charge of all mapping and cadastral surveys in the department Engineer’s office, and in 1930 was appointed a Fortification Engineer and subsequently a Chief Engineer for the Hawaiian Dept.
A member of the Army Reserves, he was called back to active duty before December 7, 1941, and served as Real Estate and Contracting Officer for the Pacific Ocean Areas. In 1944, he was assigned as an Engineer Officer with the Army Post and Service Command.
From the time he was placed on the U.S. Army Retired List September 1, 1951, Colonel Marek devoted most of his spare time to marine and landscape painting, which was his favorite lifetime pursuit.