Dr. Charles W.  Mitchell Sr.
PLATTSBURGH - Dr. Charles W. Mitchell Sr. passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at UVM Health Network, CVPH following a short illness.
Dr. Mitchell was born in Oneonta on Dec. 15, 1929, to Edith (Stratton) and Claude Joseph Mitchell.
Charles is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan (Vrooman); daughter, Nancy Mitchell Rogers; son, Charles Jr. and wife, Catherine; and grandchildren, Colden and Myles.
Surviving also are several nieces and nephews of his predeceased brother, John; and sisters, Emily DePalma and Metta Bagg.
Charles graduated from Oneonta High School in 1947.
He went on to earn a bachelor's and master's from Oneonta Teachers College and a doctorate from West Virginia University.
He served for eight years in the New York Army National Guard in Oneonta.
Charles began his teaching career at Center Street School in Oneonta. He also taught at Euclid Avenue School in Schenectady.
In 1958 he joined Montgomery County BOCES as the science consultant for Canajoharie and Fort Plain schools. In 1960 Charles joined the NYS Education Department. While there he authored the Elementary Science Syllabus and Handbook for elementary schools in New York state. In 1962 Charles joined the faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh. During his tenure he developed and taught 46 different courses.
Charles was an avid birder and authored many publications about birds. His research included the Great Blue Herons of Valcour Island as well as groups in Florida and Colorado.
Charles was named Distinguished Alumni and to the Athletic Hall of Fame at the State University College at Oneonta. Charles was selected for the Wall of Distinction at Oneonta High School in 2017.
Honoring Charles' wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service. He said, "I came into this world without any fanfare and that's the way I'm going out."
Should they wish, friends may donate to the charity of their choice in his name.
To share a condolence with the family, visit www.rwwalkerfh.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court St., Plattsburgh.
Published on February 11, 2020

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William Kodrich
Feb 15, 2020
I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF MY FRIEND CHARLIE. WE WERE BOTH INTO BIRDING AND TOOK COLLEGE COURSES TOGETHER. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE GREAT FRIEND.
Nancy Gill Scisci
Feb 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss