Pamela B. Mitchell, Businesswoman

July 14, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Pamela B. Mitchell, a retired businesswoman and recovering alcoholic, died from lung cancer July 3 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The longtime Towson resident was 65.

Pamela Bobbett was born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood. She was a 1961 graduate of Eastern High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College in 1965. She later earned a master's degree in business from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1993.

From 1965 to 1980, Mrs. Mitchell was employed as a vocational counselor and later was a training staff development officer for the state of Maryland.

"She won a State of Maryland Gold Award for development of procedures for improving services to clients," said Donna G. Russell of Towson, a longtime friend and legal representative.

From 1980 until 1993, Mrs. Mitchell was a certified account executive and industry consultant for American Telephone & Telegraph, where she advised financial services institutions and stock brokerages in developing customer service applications and designing communications systems.

In the early 1990s, she established Moving On, a business that provided transitional services to senior citizens who were moving to retirement communities or health care facilities. She sold the business and retired in 1994.

She also taught business classes at Notre Dame College of Maryland for several years.

Mrs. Mitchell joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1980, and at her death, had celebrated 29 years of sobriety.

She had been an active member of Towson United Methodist Church for a decade, where she sang in the choir and chaired the church's 50th anniversary committee in 2008.

Mrs. Mitchell enjoyed travel, gardening and bridge.

A memorial service was held at her church Saturday.

There are no survivors. A marriage to Robert Mitchell Jr. ended in divorce.

-Frederick N. Rasmussen

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