LEATHA S. MITCHELL
Leatha Simmons Mitchell was born on July 1, 1937 in Walterboro, South Carolina. The family moved to Versailles Boro Pennsylvania in 1950. Between 1955 and 1958, she served in the US Air Force. In 1962, she joined the US Peace Corps in Lagos Nigeria, where she was the administrative assistant to the director William G. Saltonstall. She, then, joined the US State Department where she worked in the Communications Department. Leatha subsequently studied at the George Washington University and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC.
In 1972 she came to the School of Engineering at Howard University as a writer and editor. Her service included her work as the director of the national sculpture competition, which was won by Elizabeth Catlett. The Catlett sculpture, "Students Aspire" is installed on the campus of Howard University, and is a major work of public art in the city. Leatha published articles in various journals
Her mother, Sadie Grinkey Simmons; father, Guy Dalton Simmons; and brother Cedric Simmons preceded Leatha in death. She leaves two sons, Joseph C. Henson (Tracey), and Archer S. Mitchell III (Eve), and; four sisters, four brothers, and her niece and former ward Susanna Simmons; her two husbands from whom she was divorced, Joseph C. Henson and Dr. Archer S Mitchell, Jr., many nieces, and nephews.
A memorial for Leatha will be held at the Rankin Chapel of Howard University at 11 a.m. on Saturday September 29. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Howard University Hospital Cancer Center; (tel: 202-806-7697)