|Channing Eugene Mitzell
May 28, 1928 – August 1, 2017
Channing Eugene Mitzell passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 1.
Born in York County, Pennsylvania to the Reverend Charles and Kathryn Mitzell on May 28, 1928, Channing
chose to be an educator and earned a BA at Dickinson College and an MA at Western Maryland.
He moved his young family to Culver in 1961 for a teaching position at Culver Military Academy in the history
department. In his early Culver years he also was counselor for Battery B and coached baseball with Dave
Nelson. He earned the rank of Master Instructor in 1970. From 1974 through 1987, Channing served as Director
of Development at Culver. During his tenure in that role he led three highly successful development campaigns
and received several CASE awards. Channing was named Assistant to the Superintendent for External Affairs
in 1976. From 1987 to 1992, Channing assumed the role of Special Assistant to the President, with a continued
focus on fund raising and development. After a devoted career and earning the respect of a large alumni base,
Channing retired in 1992.
He was fortunate to live at home in his later years and be visited by countless alumni whom he taught, counseled,
and coached. The bonds he developed were life-long. Channing was preceded in death by his beloved wife
Dolores, who passed on September 23, 2015.
He is survived by three children: Cathy Mitzell Duke (CMA Class of 1970), Channing (CMA Class of 1974) and
Craig (CMA Class of 1976), in-laws Vincent Duke and Sallie Jo Mitzell, and four grandchildren: Kemmie Mitzell,
Katie Mitzell Fagan (CGA Class of 2006) and husband Kevin Fagan, Ashton Duke, and Channing (Jack) Mitzell
(CMA Class of 2012). He leaves his family with a rich legacy and love of learning, history, the Arts, and political
conversation and debate.
The family will hold a private burial service for Channing, with a celebration of his life at a later date.
Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s of the Lake Church or The Culver Academies.