Mahlon B. Mitchell Bay pilot

October 07, 1991

Services for Mahlon B. Mitchell, who piloted ships through the Chesapeake Bay for 32 years, will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church in the first block of Stevenson Lane.

Mr. Mitchell died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital after suffering a heart attack while swimming in a Towson motel pool, where he exercised several times a week. The Towson resident was 59.

Mr. Mitchell was born in Baltimore and graduated from the McDonogh School, where he played lacrosse. He studied a year at the Johns Hopkins University before deciding in 1951 to became a Chesapeake Bay pilot.

A self-employed master pilot, Mr. Mitchell had served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1955 and apprenticed with the Association of Maryland docking pilots. He met ships from all over the world at the mouth of the bay and guided them into Baltimore's harbor and other bay ports.

Mr. Mitchell enjoyed golf and sailing in his spare time.

Mr. Mitchell's marriage to Joan Parkinson ended in divorce in the early 1970s. He married Barbara Porter in 1978.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Anne Mitchell of Carmel, Calif., Julie Mitchell of Orlando, Fla., and Tracey P. Ray of Baltimore; his mother, Helen S. Mitchell of Baltimore; and two sisters, Sally M. Baldwin of Triangle, Va., and Carolyn M. Molendaof Salisbury.

The family suggested that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

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