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Michael C. McNell, 57, engineer for software firm


Michael Chalmers McNell, a field engineer for a Reisterstown software provider, died of a heart attack Friday at his home in Phoenix, Baltimore County. He was 57.

Born in Chicago and raised in Darien, Conn., Mr. McNell earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1969 from Lehigh University.

Recruited by Bethlehem Steel Corp., he moved to Baltimore in 1969, when he took a position at its Sparrows Point plant as a facilities engineer. He later worked for BethShip and its successor company, Baltimore Marine Industries Inc., until its closing last year.

Since last year, Mr. McNell had been a field engineer for Antek Healthware Inc. The company designs software used by the medical profession.

Mr. McNell had been active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for years, and was assistant treasurer and Scoutmaster for Troop 612 at Grace United Methodist Church. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed sailing.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, the former Ann Baker; two sons, Glen K. McNell of Cleveland and David A. McNell of Atlanta; his mother, Helen A. McNell of Darien; a brother, Barry McNell of Darien; and two sisters, Bonnie Trexler of Summit, N.J., and Kate Brauner of Cupertino, Calif.

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