By Mar’Che Boggess
JEFFERSON CITY- The man for whom Lincoln University’s Mitchell Auditorium was named passed away on April 14, 2021.
Robert Lee Mitchell Sr. graduated from Lincoln University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Upon graduating, he returned to his hometown of Dallas, Texas to teach at Madison High School while pursuing a master’s degree at North Texas University.
After receiving his master’s degree, he was invited to LU to work as a supervisor of student teaching at Laboratory High School and an instructor of music. Eventually, Mitchell became a full-time professor at the university.
In 1977, he founded L.U.V.E (Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble). During his tenure at Lincoln University, he was a successful choir clinician and became the interim chairman of the Fine Arts Department. After he retired, he was still involved in many campus events, including organizing and conducting the Lincoln University Reunion Choir from 2004-2016.
He was preceded in death by his siblings and his wife Charlene Mitchell.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home. Facial coverings are encouraged while in attendance.
A private family service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Grace Episcopal Church. The service will be live-streamed on Dulle- Trimble’s website for those who wish to watch from home.