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Marion Bonner Mitchell, professor of emeritus of French and Italian at the University of Missouri, died October 3, 2014. He was born in Livingston, Texas on November 28, 1926, to Jewel Clarence and Verna Bonner Mitchell. His studies included B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas-Austin and PhD from Ohio State University. He was, in addition, a Fulbright Scholar in Paris, where he later performed military service as a railway station interpreter during the Korean conflict.
Dr. Mitchell came to the University in 1958 and spent his career there teaching French and Italian language and literature. His particular interest in the literature of 20th Century France and Renaissance Italy resulted in many scholarly publications. He was a member of the Renaissance Society of America, the 16th Century Studies Conference, American Association of Teachers of Italian, the Columbia Discussion Group, and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Dr. Mitchell was close to several cousins in East Texas as well as Naomi Bonner Leyva of Arizona and Thomas Mitchell Hart, of Connecticut. The scarcity of close relations made him cherish them as well as the many friends in academic community and at Lenoir Woods.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 17th at 2:00 in the Epple Chapel at Lenoir Woods. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to Daniel Boone Regional Library or the library at the University of Missouri.