Gary Earl Mitchell
07/05/1935 - 10/15/2021
Obituary For Gary Earl Mitchell
Gary Earl Mitchell, 86, of Brevard passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021.
Gary was born in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Earl Mitchell and Delma Lockhart Mitchell on July 5, 1935. Gary is also preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Mitchell.
Gary lived in Durham, NC for 48 years. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisville, his master’s degree at Duke University, and his PhD from Florida State University. He was a researcher and professor for 48 years at North Carolina State University. He also worked at Columbia University for 6 years.
Gary is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn Mitchell and his son, Scott Mitchell of Charlotte, NC.
The NC State Physics Department and TUNL will be holding a memorial event for Gary Mitchell on the afternoon of December 1st at NC State. We will begin with a short tea/coffee reception in Riddick Hall at 3:30, followed by a ~1 hour event which will focus both on his scientific and human legacy. We will have a reception afterwards in Riddick.
Below is an email shared by Dr. Alex Crowell to the TUNL Community summarizing Dr. Gary Mitchell's legacy during his tenure at North Carolina State University:
"Dear TUNL Community,
It is with a sad heart that we share the news that NC State and TUNL faculty member Professor Gary Mitchell passed away on Friday. Prof. Mitchell joined the faculty at NCSU and TUNL in 1968 and retired in 2009 after a long and illustrious career in the fields of statistical nuclear physics and fundamental symmetries. His lasting legacy will be the over 60 graduate students he supervised. In 2010, Prof. Mitchell was recognized by the Division of Nuclear Physics for his commitment to the education and training of his students. The citation for that award reads:
'For his inspired, untiring, and selfless mentoring of an exceptionally large number of students, of diverse backgrounds, from their student days throughout their careers; for his ability to see the differing needs, interests, and skills of every one, tailoring his approach to each as a unique individual and a colleague; for his extensive pro-bono mentoring of many who were not his students, enhancing further his lifelong record of devotion to the educational process.'
Professors Huffman and Gould will be arranging a remembrance for him at NC State in the near future."
Dr. Alex Crowell
Sr. Research Scientist
Duke University and TUNL