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King University News :: Dr. Donald Mitchell, Former President of King College Passes

Dr. Donald Mitchell, aged 85, of Charlotte, NC, died at home of bone cancer on May 28, 2011. He was born and educated in New Zealand where he taught school until moving to Lima, Peru. There he worked at St. Andrews College for nine years. He earned his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, then served as Dean at Montreat College in North Carolina, Vice President of Wheaton College in Illinois and President of King College in Bristol, Tenn.

A former student writes of him mentor to many, who, with his wife Grace opened their home and hearts to shelter, encourage and support. He led with wisdom, humility, and above all, compassionate example.

After retirement from King College in 1989, he served as an Interim Minister for a total of ten Presbyterian and Baptist Churches in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte and Monroe. As an Interim minister, he built or repaired foundations for others to build upon.

Donald was a lifelong student and scholar. He was loved as a preacher, a pastor to all, a strong administrator, and a generous friend. He is survived by his wife, Grace, his daughter Marion of Black Mountain, and his daughter Alison Camponi, a Son in law, Luigi Camponi and a grandson, Mitchell Lenox, all of Salisbury, NC.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on June 1, 2011, at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. Memorials may be sent to King College in Bristol, Tenn.

Myers Park Baptist Church
1931 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte NC