City native was champion of prison reform
- |Sun reporter
Gordon C. Kamka, a champion of prison reform who had been Maryland’s corrections secretary, has died at his Parkville home. He was 68. His stepmother, Betty Kamka, said she found him dead Wednesday at his apartment. She said he had been treated for cancer. Mr. Kamka was a criminal justice consultant at his death. He had been warden of the old Baltimore City Jail from 1973 to 1979 and wa
s secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services from 1979 to 1981. “Gordon was a very progressive prison official,” former Gov. Harry R. Hughes said today.
During his time in Baltimore, he initiated a work-release program and drug and alcohol counseling.
Mr. Kamka was born in Baltimore and raised on Gough Street, and he was a 1958 graduate of City College and was the football team quarterback. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Maryland College Park and a master’s degree from the State University of New York. He was a captain in the Army during the Vietnam War and earned a Bronze Star.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 11750 Belair Road in Kingsville.
Survivors include two sons, Brandt Kamka of Baltimore and Christian Kamka of Looneyville, W.Va.; two daughters, Thanh Ashman of Looneyville, W.Va., and Caitlin Downey Kamka of Charleston, W.Va.; a brother, Roger Kamka of Middle River; and five grandchildren. His two marriages ended in divorce.