Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-01-31
Samuel J. Mitchell, who taught English at Samford University for more than three decades, died Jan. 29 at his home in Vestavia Hills, Ala. He was 89.
Mitchell taught at Samford from 1952 until his retirement in 1988, and remained an active supporter of the University until his death. He also supported the Alabama Council of Teachers of English, which he helped found and of which he served three terms as president.
He also served as president of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama, and held various offices in the National College Teachers of English, Conference on College Composition and Communication, South Central Renaissance Conference, South Atlantic Modern Language Association and Phi Kappa Phi scholarship honor society.
An Arkansas native, Mitchell held B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas, and did advanced studies at Texas and the University of London. He was widely published in literary and professional journals.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lizette Van Gelder Mitchell.
Memorials may be made to the Mitchell Scholarship Fund at Samford.