John B. Mitchell

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Mitchell Dr. John B. Mitchell was born December 28, 1919 in the small Mississippi River Town of Osceola, Arkansas and died June 30, 2014. He is preceded in death by his father John B. Mitchell, his mother Joe Keys McKay Mitchell, his brother William Terry Mitchell, his wife Pauline Drysdale Mitchell and grandson John Boyd Mitchell. He is survived by his sons, J. Boyd Mitchell (Debra) of Dillon, CO, Bruce Mitchell (Susan) of Athens, OH, Kent Mitchell of Columbus, Ohio, Mark Mitchell (Connie) of Eureka, KS; grandson, William Mitchell of Athens, OH. Dr. Mitchell attended Louisiana State University where he earned B.S and M.A. degrees in Sociology. Mitchell served in the US Army Air Force during World War II and survived 29 combat missions over Germany as a gunner on a B-24 Liberator. After the war he completed his studies with the help of the GI Bill and went on to earn his PhD in Sociology from University of Missouri in 1954. Teaching first at University of Rhode Island, he then joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1958 where he taught for 24 years. He was a longtime member of First Community Church and served on the church's governing board. He attended the men's breakfast for many years and deeply appreciated the fellowship shared there. In retirement he traveled extensively throughout the United States and around the world. As a life-long learner he attended more than 220 Elderhostel programs and cruised the inter-coastal waterways of America. The Mississippi was his favorite river. The Delta Queen was his favorite boat. His final years were happily spent in the Chelsea at First Community Village in Columbus, OH where he had many dear friends. The family invites friends to gather for a short celebration of his life on Thursday, July 3 at 5 p.m., The Chelsea, 1800 Riverside Drive, Columbus, OH. His ashes will be scattered at a special bend in the Mississippi river near his birth place in Osceola, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Mitchell has requested any expressions of sympathy or regret be made as gifts to The Ohio State University fund #624325 and mailed to: The Ohio State University Student Academic Services c/o Amber Diglaw, 281 W. Lane Avenue, 4th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Condolences accepted online at

Published in The Columbus Dispatch from July 2 to July 3, 2014
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