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            Giving back to his alma mater just seemed like the right thing to do for Eldon Mitchell, a 1968 graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

            Mitchell’s $50,000 donation will be used to furnish a science lab in the newly renovated Science Building, which should open in October.

“I have fond memories of Northwestern and spent a lot of time in the science lab and with the science department,” Mitchell said. 

            For the Wakita native, Northwestern was the perfect fit when deciding to continue his education after high school. 

“Northwestern was close to home and I was able to help my dad with farming, which was very important to me,” Mitchell said.

            Mitchell used Northwestern as a foundation to get into dental school.  After graduating in 1968, he attended dental school for one year and graduated eager to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist.  He served in the Air Force for two years, from 1971-1973, then opened a private dental practice and continued working as a dentist until 1982.  At that time, he joined the Army and served until 2006, when he retired.

            Mitchell and his wife now reside in Tennessee. 

“Tennessee is comparable to the area that I left (in Wakita),” Mitchell said.  “My wife and I decided we wanted to retire to that type of lifestyle.”

            Although Mitchell lives in Tennessee, he stays connected to his Oklahoma roots.  He still owns land in the Wakita area.  In fact, some of Mitchell’s family farm land was featured as an Oklahoma Centennial Farm.   

            Each year Mitchell comes back to help with the farm and has continued this tradition since he left in the 70’s.

            “It’s important to me to give back to the people who have helped me,” Mitchell said.  “My Northwestern education has helped me and prepared me for my future challenges.
            “The more money a university has, the more it can offer its students, and I’m fortunate enough to give to such a worthwhile endeavor.”

            “We are very thankful for Eldon Mitchell’s contribution,” said Dr. Mike Knedler, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

            “As we make the move into the renovated Science Building, we will see a need to upgrade equipment to make the best possible learning environment for our students, and Mitchell’s donation will help meet that need,” Knedler said.

            Contact Knedler at (580) 327-8590 or for contribution needs or questions regarding donating to the sciences at Northwestern.  



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