Oliver B. Cassell III, 57, restaurant chef, triathlete...

January 31, 2002

Oliver B. Cassell III, 57, restaurant chef, triathlete

Oliver B. Cassell III, a restaurant chef who gave up cigarette and coffee habits to become a triathlon competitor, died of multiple melanoma Friday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 57.

A graduate of Baltimore International Culinary Institute, the Reisterstown resident was chef at Blue Point Grille in Ellicott City at his death. Earlier, he had been a chef at Bayou Blues Cafe in White Marsh and at Martin's West.

Born and raised in West Baltimore, Mr. Cassell was a 1962 graduate of Douglass High School and attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He enlisted in the Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam as an air traffic control specialist.

He took up the culinary trade after selling automobiles and home security systems.

In 1984, Mr. Cassell gave up smoking and coffee to get in shape for the triathlon, which combines swimming, bicycling and running. He participated in 50 from 1986 to 1991, and in an interview with The Sun he said, "My life is in order. Competing in triathlons allows you to take charge and be responsible for everything you do and not make excuses."

Other athletic accomplishments included twice bicycling from coast to coast.

He attended Bethel Baptist Church in Ellicott City.

Services were held last night.

Mr. Cassell's marriage to Lavonne Williams ended in divorce.

He is survived by a daughter, Cara Cassell-Jones of Columbia; a brother, Carl A. Cassell of Cedonia; two sisters, Cassandra E. McDonald of Catonsville and Camilla E. Cassell of Woodlawn; his stepmother and father, Irma B. and Oliver B. Cassell Jr. of Catonsville; and two grandchildren.

Mildred L. Campbell, 88, school crossing guard

Mildred Lewis Campbell, a Northwest Baltimore homemaker, died of pneumonia Jan. 24 at Ruxton Health and Rehabilitation Center of Pikesville. She was 88.

A resident of Howard Park since 1951, Mrs. Campbell was a city public school crossing guard years ago.

Born and raised in Baltimore, the former Mildred Helena Wilson attended Dunbar High School. In 1931, she married John W. Lewis Sr., a Bethlehem Steel Corp. steelworker who died in 1947.

After her marriage in 1951 to Arthur Campbell, who survives her, the family moved from Turners Station to Howard Park.

Mrs. Campbell was a longtime communicant of New All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 4408 Liberty Heights Ave., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today .

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, John W. Lewis Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Andrea L. Thomas of Woodlawn and Francesca Campbell of Baltimore; a stepson, George Campbell of Silver Spring; three stepdaughters, Lois Holloway of Egg Harbor, N.J., and Judy Campbell and Betty Campbell, both of San Francisco; and 14 grandchildren.

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