Chisolm C. McAvoy, who drove for Diamond Taxicab in Washington for a living but lived for such activities as kayaking, bicycling, sailing, mountain climbing and hiking, died Sept. 25 at his home in Washington. He was 81.
The cause was heart ailments, said his sister, Mary B. Johnstone.
Chisolm Clifford McAvoy was born in New York and grew up in Washington. His father, labor organizer Clifford T. McAvoy, was the American Labor Party’s candidate for New York mayor in 1953; he lost in a landslide to Robert F. Wagner, a Democrat.
Mr. McAvoy graduated in 1956 from George Washington University. Two years later, he was attempting an around-the-world flight with some friends when his aircraft ran out of fuel and went down in the South China Sea. They were rescued by fishermen.
In Washington, Mr. McAvoy cycled with friends in the Wednesday Group bicycle club.
He climbed Sargent Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park, spent time as a sternman on a lobster boat and hiked in remote sections of Maine and Massachusetts. In the late 1960s, while sailing off Newport, R.I., he flipped a 14-foot dinghy end over end.
Mr. McAvoy was a lifelong bachelor who enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in Newport with the family of his sister, who is his only immediate survivor. He continued driving a taxicab until shortly before his death.
— Bart Barnes