|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1934|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 1, 2010|
Albert Gaskin was one of the first African-American Realtors on the north side of Chicago. He initially focused on selling homes to African-Americans in Evanston but over time expanded his clientele throughout the North Shore. In the early 1980s, Gaskin served on the board of directors of the North Shore Real Estate Association. At its peak, his real estate office in Evanston employed 13 sales associates.
The Windy City Times wrote in 2010 that in the African-American community, Gaskin "will be remembered as the real estate agent who broke down the unwritten segregated housing rules that plagued Evanston and the North Shore until the 1960s and '70s."
Albert Gaskin Was born in Callison, South Carolina, on June 5, 1934. He grew up in Abbeville, SC. After graduation from high school in 1955 he moved to Evanston. He was drafted into the US Army in 1958 and served most of his two years in Germany. After his discharge in 1958 he returned to Evanston. When a friend told him the Black Community needed "a good honest real estate broker," he was intrigued. At that time Blacks were excluded from membership in the National Association of Realtors. Undaunted, he went to Lake Forest to address his request to the North Shore Board of Realtors to gain admission to real estate classes. He founded his own real estate firm, Albert Gaskin & Co., on April 1, 1961. In 1972 he became the first Black member of the Evanston-North Shore Board of Realtors, one of the many milestones in his life. Albert's passions were reading, travel, photography, home entertaining and attending family celebrations, graduations and weddings. Albert Gaskin died on July 1, 2010 at the Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center in Skokie, Illinois after a four-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 76 years old. Albert was preceded in death by his parents Terrence and Jessie Bell Gaskin, and one brother, Geriod Gaskin. He is survived by his partner of 41 years, Robert Bachand; brothers Robert Gaskin, Edward N. Davis, Jr.; sisters Maggie R. Maddox, Mae Whitley (Lynwood Whitley, Jr.), and Henrietta Whiteman; a beloved niece Kimberly A. Whitley; a beloved nephew Edward Murphy, all from the greater New Haven, CT area, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. His Memorial Service is Saturday, July 17 at 2:30 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, Il.
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Sonia Sanchez Galarza
Record added: Nov 28, 2012
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