Frederick ‘Skip’ Hearn, who had a 67-year career in commercial real estate, dies at 87

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Frederick “Skip” William Hearn, senior vice president of MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, who enjoyed a 67-year career, died Oct. 5. He was 87 years old.

Hearn announced his intention to retire from his role at MacKenzie earlier this year, and over the course of nearly seven decades, he is estimated to have successfully completed more than 10,000 sale and lease transactions.

Frederick “Skip” William Hearn

When asked what had changed the most in the past 70 years, he simply answered: “Everything”.

Hearn was destined to enter the commercial brokerage industry. His grandfather, B. Franklin Hearn, and his father, B. Franklin Hearn Jr., were longtime residential real estate brokers in Baltimore County.

Although Hearn never met his grandfather, he heard countless stories about B. Franklin’s work from his father, who was vice president of Roland Park Realty, a leading company that mainly worked in the Guilford and Roland Park areas. With a family so involved in real estate, there was never any question about Skip’s career path after graduating from Duke University, especially after helping out at the office during his summer break.

After working with his father for several years, Hearn joined WHC Wilson & Co. for a time, before altering his career aspirations slightly by joining Kornblatt & Fenniman as a commercial office broker.

Following in the path of other entrepreneurs and high achievers, Hearn’s next step was to found his own brokerage firm, Hearn & Knott, in the mid-1960s with his brother Beau and partner Joseph Knott. The group, which focused on downtown Baltimore, later joined O’Connor & Flynn as a commercial office division. MacKenzie & Associates, Inc., now The MacKenzie Companies, executed a merger with the entity (then known as O’Conor, Piper & Flynn) in 1992 and Hearn became an integral part of the business.

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