Daryl Vincent Mosby, an air freight consultant and chef in a catering business he owned, died Monday in his sleep of a heart attack. He was 48 and lived in Randallstown.
A sales and marketing executive for air carriers, he had recently become a consultant in that field. He also prepared foods in a family catering business that served arts and ethnic festivals.
For the past 15 years he had been an air freight specialist. He began his career as a salesman for Federal Express and Air Bourne and became a vice president of government and postal sales at Emery Worldwide. He often worked to bring the personal possessions of military personnel to and from their postings.
Knowledgeable about hazardous materials and freight rate structures, he became a consultant and spoke at conferences in Europe, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.
While traveling, he visited local restaurants and picked up copies of their menus. He also purchased regional cookbooks and later used recipes from them in his catering business.
In 1986, he joined his wife, the former Janice Blackwell, whom he married in 1978, in founding a catering business, Elegant Expectations. They first prepared foods for Artscape and the AFRAM festival and later expanded into private parties and banquets.
He created several signature dishes - baked salmon imperial, beef tenderloin with peppercorn and brandy sauce, and Jamaican jerk chicken.
Born in New York City, he moved to Baltimore as a child. He attended Irvington Elementary School, Rock Glen Junior High School and was a 1970 graduate of City College, where he was elected senior class president. He earned an associate of arts degree from Baltimore Community College and a bachelor's degree in biology from Morgan State University.
As a young man, he taught science at the Clara Muhammad School, a private academy on Wilson Street.
He was given a Baltimore Police Department citation for bravery when he subdued a man attacking an elderly woman. Mr. Mosby held the attacker until police arrived and made an arrest.
In the 1980s, he opened Metro Computer, a software company on Park Heights Avenue. He worked in sales and consultations with client physicians to assist in billings.
His marriage to the former Dawn Harps ended in divorce in 1977.
Funeral services were held yesterday at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3110 Liberty Heights Ave., where he supported the church school and cooked for its events. He also participated in church retreats.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Rashid Mosby, and a daughter, Aliya Mosby, both of Randallstown; and a grandson.