Resolution 2008-685

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Introduced by Council Members Gaffney, W. Jones, Hyde, Davis, Corrigan, Redman, Webb, M. Jones, Johnson, Yarborough & Lee:



WHEREAS, Dr. Roy I. Mitchell was born in Byromville, Georgia, but resided in Jacksonville for most of his life, attending local schools and graduating from Matthew W. Gilbert Junior-Senior High School, where he was an integral part of that school’s unbeaten 1958 football team which was recently named one of the Teams of the Century by the Florida High School Athletic Association; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Mitchell continued his education, first at Edward Waters College, earning scholarships for both football and singing and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social studies as a scholar athlete with the highest grade point average, and later earning a master’s degree in counselor education from Florida A & M University and a doctorate in education from Florida Atlantic University; and

WHEREAS, by the time of his retirement in 2003 from the Duval County Public School System as an Outstanding Educator with over thirty-seven years in the field of education, he had faithfully served and mentored our youth through such positions as teacher, counselor, dean of students, assistant principal, vice principal, and principal at various schools, including Matthew Gilbert, Eugene Butler, Terry Parker, Andrew Jackson, Paxon, Robert E. Lee, and William H. Raines; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Mitchell’s dedication and concern led to his becoming the first African-American administrator at the University of Florida, where he served as director of minority affairs from 1969 to 1971, and his impressive list of honors and affiliations also includes service in the United States Army, fellowship winner at the University of Miami, president of the Edward Waters College National Alumni Association, charter member of Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, co-chairman of the Florida Cares Initiative, and board member of the Project Reach Foundation; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Mitchell passed from this life on July 28, 2008, and the Council desires to honor his memory as having been an exemplary public servant worthy of emulation; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Jacksonville:

Section 1. The City of Jacksonville does hereby recognize and commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Roy I. Mitchell, well-known professional educator, and both mentor and friend to the younger members of the Jacksonville community.

Section 2. The City of Jacksonville does further extend its sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Mitchell, recognizing that their loss is shared by many throughout our area.

Section 3. This resolution shall become effective upon signature by the Mayor or upon becoming effective without the Mayor's signature.
Form Approved:
/s/ Steven E. Rohan

Office of General Counsel

Legislation Prepared by: Richard W. Campbell

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