Frank C. Mitchell ’59 (posthumously) starred in men’s basketball and also played men’s soccer while at the Rhode Island College of Education from 1955-59.
As a forward in men’s basketball, he totaled 1,030 career points in an era before the three-point line was introduced. Mitchell was an outstanding team leader, who was consistently the squad’s top offensive performer and also led the squad in rebounding. He was also an outstanding defender who was often charged with guarding players much bigger than he was.
He received the John E. Hetherman Award in 1959. After graduating from RIC, Mitchell taught at Cumberland High School for a short while and spent 25 years in the Cranston elementary school system.
Mitchell was a highly respected and well-liked teacher and helped to implement and encourage sports programs in the Cranston school system. He helped coach several junior high school girls and boys basketball teams throughout the years.
The Mitchell family, with Frank at the helm, started and grew several family businesses the most successful being Mrs. Mitchell’s gift shops. The first store, which has been in business for 50 years, is located in Hampton Beach, N.H.
Mitchell attended Central Falls High School where he was a member of several sports teams and a star athlete leading his basketball team in scoring and school records. He was inducted into the Central Falls Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
He and his late wife Evelyn ’57 were the parents of six children: Kathleen, Diane, Karen, Don, Lynn and Bob and had 15 grandchildren.