Bonner Mitchell

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. 


  1. Tom McSherry on October 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Bonner will not have to worry about things now, he can be at peace for eternity. Congratulations Bonner, you made it!

  2. Jane Lavender on October 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I will miss you Bonner. You always showed me optimism and a desire of knowledge that was contagious. I will miss you.

  3. ilia pedrina on December 14, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Prof. Bonner Mitchell had wrote important lines on my father’s STORIA DELLA LETTERATURA ITALIANA (Francesco Pedrina), showing the profound appreciate contact with his critical and interpretative point of view, particularly on contemporary Italian Literature and Poetry. I’ll remember his great knowledge together with a profound sense of history of Italian Culture in an article that will be published in the Italian Literarian Review POMEZIA NOTIZIE, directed by prof. Domenico Defelice and even on line.
    I’ll never forget his perfect sense of harmony discovered in Italian and French Poems, searching more and more proofs in all his intellectual and methodological works.
    Thanks for remember him, always.
    Ilia Pedrina

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