Kyndle Honors Distinguished Citizen at Annual Celebration

By Laura Acchiardo,
Photo Credits: Mike Lawrence, The 

When Sheila Farris, Henderson Circuit Court Judge and long-time friend, spoke about Robert Mitchell, she listed his long litany of titles: volunteer, student, educator, brother, father, etc.

At Kyndle's Annual Celebration Dinner, Robert Mitchell was named Distinguished Citizen for 2016, an award Mitchell accepted with humility.

Mitchell was the oldest of six children with three younger sisters and two younger brothers. When he was old enough, he left home for seminary school.

"To the advantage of those of us who love him and to the disadvantage of the church, he never forgot his home and returned a layman and not a priest," said Farris.

He is a graduate of Brescia University and he holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, a Master's degree in Secondary Education and a Rank 1 in Educational Administration.

He spent 29 years in education as a teacher, principal and a pupil personnel director for the Henderson County School System and Owensboro Catholic.

"Everything he did in education was about the kids," said Farris. "He is a firm believer that any child can accomplish anything if given support, guidance and the necessary tools." 

He also was a mutuel clerk at Churchill Downs and a division head at Ellis Park for 38 years.                                                                            

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