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Auto salesman Bob Bell, known for TV commercials, dies at 78
Auto salesman Bob Bell, known for TV commercials, dies at 78

Robert Lee "Bob" Bell, who began his career in auto sales in the 1950s and went on to own the Bob Bell Automotive Group, one of the state's largest car dealers, died Sunday of leukemia at theUniversity of Maryland Medical Center. The Ellicott City resident, who earlier had lived in Laurel, was 78. Born and raised in Alexandria, Va., Mr. Bell was appointed a Capitol Hill U.S. Senate page and graduated from the Senate Page School. "He was a page for Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn," said a daughter, Mary Catherine Bishop of Ellicott City. Mr. Bell served with the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War, attaining the rank of sergeant. He later earned degrees...

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