Michelle M. Dean, 38

Information technologist, restaurant owner

June 14, 2007

Michelle M. Dean, an information technologist and co-owner of several restaurants, died June 6 of undetermined causes at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. She was 38.

The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy, said her husband of six years, Timothy Dean, a chef and owner of the Timothy Dean Bistro in Fells Point.

Michelle Mathura was born in Trinidad, and moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1981.

She was a 1986 graduate and class valedictorian of Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn.

After leaving high school, she went to work for Businessland, which later merged with Entex, where she rose though the ranks to become an information technologist.

She met her future husband in 1992, and they became business partners. In 2000, the couple opened the now-closed Timothy Dean Restaurant in Washington's St. Regis Hotel.

For the past three years, she had been employed by Force3 in Crofton as a sales executive specializing in federal services. She also obtained her real estate license and was the owner and manager of several properties.

The couple, who lived on Bank Street in Fells Point and Solomons, opened Timothy Dean Bistro in 2005.

Mrs. Dean enjoyed vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., Paris and Trinidad. She also liked to read, snorkel, cook and walk her miniature schnauzer in Patterson Park.

Services were held yesterday at Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

Also surviving are her parents, Selwyn Mathura and Maria Kowlessar, both of Trinidad; four brothers, David Voisin, Brent Mathura, Dale Mathura and Brian Mathura, all of Trinidad; five sisters, Tracy Kowlessar of Fairfax, Va., Margo Mathura of Miami, Marsha Mathura of Denmark, Skye Kowlessar and Lauren Mathura, both of Trinidad; and maternal grandparents Clarence and Muriel Barrow of Trinidad.

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