It is with sadness that we report that our Emeritus Fellow Barbara Mitchell passed away on Thursday 12 October 2017. 

Barbara, born on 10 November 1923, graduated from Somerville College with a first in Literae Humaniores in 1947. She started teaching for St Anne’s in 1949, taking up the post of College lecturer in Latin and giving classes to undergraduates taking prelims in Modern Languages, History and English. With the encouragement of Iris Murdoch, Barbara began to teach Ancient History and took up the post of Lecturer in Ancient History in 1955. At this time she became a member of the sub-faculty for Ancient History and the College put her forward for a CUF lectureship in Ancient History to which she was appointed in 1959. In 1965 she was appointed as a Supernumerary Fellow, and in 1971 took up an Official Fellowship and Lectureship and became a member of Governing Body until retirement in 1988/89. Barbara served on numerous College Committees, was Dean of Degrees and also President of the SCR. She was also moral tutor (now known as a personal tutor) to many undergraduates and graduates whilst teaching at St Anne’s. 

The Funeral Service (family only) will be at Oxford Crematorium, Bayswater Road
Headington, Oxford, OX3 9RZ, at 10.00 am, Tuesday 7 November.

There will be a celebration of Barbara’s life on the same day in Foyer B, Seminar Room 9, Ruth Deech Building, St Anne’s College, from 12.30 pm, with refreshments.  Friends and colleagues are warmly invited to join the family in remembering her life in Oxford.

Several Mitchell family members support a UK-based educational and humanitarian charity in Kenya called URAFIKI, If you would like to make a charitable donation in Barbara’s memory, the organisation is always looking for new sponsors for primary and secondary school students, as well as old and handicapped people in need.

Please let the family know if you are coming, by e-mail to Stephen Mitchell at, by a phone call to Charles Mitchell at 07771625441, or by post to Charles Mitchell, 73 Bainton Road, Oxford OX2 7AG.

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