Dr. Douglass Mitchell Modisett

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Dr. Douglass Mitchell Modisett Dr. Douglass Mitchell Modisett passed away on July 4, 2018, at the age of 92. He passed peacefully in his sleep, listening to classical music, surrounded by family. His last words were, "Thank you for loving me." He was born in Dallas Texas, on July 1st 1926 and was married to Katherine (Wilhemina) Carpenter Modisett for 60 years until her passing in 2008. Mitchell and Katherine are survived by their three sons and their wives Michael (Pamela), Marcus (Lynn), and Matthew (Elizabeth) along with ten grand-children and nine great-grandchildren. Mitchell earned a Doctorate in Education from Fordham University, a Master of Arts from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Divinity from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts from Baker University. After his service in World War II, Mitch became an Elder in the Methodist Church. Mitch developed a passion for science and became a science teacher at Mahwah High School for 28 years. He eventually became the head of both the Science Department and the National Honor Society. A college scholarship was established in his name to be granted to an outstanding senior science student each year at Mahwah High School. Mitch supported humanitarian work and was an ardent Humanist. Later in life, he wrote many articles and gave impassioned sermons comparing science and religion. His dedication to his students remains a testament to his continual desire to encourage each individual to be the best person possible. Not only for students, he valued contributions that each individual person can make to help this world become a better place. He honored the influences of previous generations and encouraged others to do the same while also being mindful of the future. He passionately supported education and the tenants of American principles, especially freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion and the right to a speedy trial. Amongst his accomplishments, Mitch was an avid reader, painter, author, and musician. Mitch may have passed on but his memories, the lives he touched, his love and learnings live on. He is loved and will be greatly missed.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on July 13, 2018