Born and raised in Newark, Ohio, Louis A. Mitchell graduated from Newark High School in 1952 and Denison University in 1957. Lovingly nicknamed "Earp", his impressive athletic career led to his being inducted into the Denison University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Newark High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.
Even though Lou called Columbus home starting in 1964, he focused many of his charitable interests in Newark and Licking County, including acting on his dream to launch a non-profit college access organization that would exclusively serve students and graduates of his high school alma mater.
From his leadership role in early fund-raising efforts to launch the organization to his innovative ideas for expanding impact, Lou's vision, dedication and commitment were inspiring to all of us at A Call to College. Although he became an emeritus Governing Board member in 2006, he still participated in board meetings regularly until his passing in 2012.