George W. Mitchell, MD

George W. Mitchell, MD

George W. Mitchell, MD (October 20, 2012)

George W. Mitchell, Jr., M.D. died peacefully at his home in San Antonio, Texas on October 20, 2012, from pneumonia. He was 95 years old. Dr. Mitchell was the first Chair of the combined Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, a position he held for 24 years. At the time of his death, Dr. Mitchell was Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and at Tufts University School of Medicine. From 1980 to 1981, he served as President of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAOG) and served as Treasurer of the American Gynecological Society (AGS) from 1975 until 1981. Thus, he was well positioned to help facilitate the unification of these two prestigious societies into the current AGOS organization.

Born on April 30, 1917, Dr. Mitchell completed his M.D. degree and Ob/Gyn Residency at The John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He served in the U. S. Navy during the Second World War as a medical officer aboard the U.S.S. Biloxi, and received the Distinguished Public Service Award for service to the Navy. In 1950, Dr. Mitchell moved to Boston and joined Tufts University School of Medicine. He was appointed the first Chair of the combined Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Tufts in 1957, a position that he held until 1981. During his tenure, he published more than 100 original manuscripts and established research laboratories in cytology, cytogenetics, and endocrinology. He also started some of the first clinical fellowship programs in the country in the subspecialties of Gynecologic Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, and Perinatology. And he trained hundreds of residents and students who are now in private practice and academic leadership positions worldwide. Upon retiring from Tufts, he accepted a position at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he continued to practice until the age of 75.

Dr. Mitchell is survived by his wife, Beth, his six children and fourteen grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. In honor of his many contributions, Tufts University School of Medicine established The George W. Mitchell, Jr. Medical Society in 1988, which each year supports medical student and resident teaching awards, a number of research initiatives, and the annual George W. Mitchell, Jr. Lectureship with the goal of furthering the education and research objectives espoused by Dr. Mitchell so vigorously for more than 45 years.

Respecfully submitted by Errol Norwitz, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn at
Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

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