Mark Mitchell

Obituaries / Nov. 10, 2011 2:58pm EST

Barnard—Mark Mitchell, 77, died October 26, 2011, after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Born in London in 1934, his family moved to Ireland during World War II, and to the United States after the war. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1956, served in the U.S. Amy for two years, and graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1962.

In 1957, he married Sarah L. Mitchell, a teacher and professor of education.

He practiced architecture in Boston and Cambridge, Mass., for over 20 years, before moving to Vermont. He won the competition for the Finnegan Recreational Center at the Massachusetts Hospital School, built in Canton, Mass., and major work for the Wheaton College Library and Science Center.

Focusing on the design of public libraries, he was instrumental in the building of 36 libraries nationwide, including the expansion of the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock. In his design for the library in Haverhill, Mass., he included a lounge with free coffee for the homeless.

Elected to the Vermont House of Representatives in 2006, he was proud to have participated in the expansion of rights and opportunities, including the right to marry for all citizens, and the movement towards universal health care.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah; three sons, Christopher, Adam, and Ben, and their wives; and many grandchildren.

The family suggests that donations in his memory be made to your local library or to the Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock.

There will be a memorial service Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at St. James church in Woodstock, followed by a reception at the Norman Williams Public Library.

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