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In Memoriam: Emerson C. Mitchell PhD’76

Emerson Mitchell PhD’76 died at home in Martinez. CA, on April 23, 2023, at the age of 79, of metastatic prostate cancer and advanced Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Twin Falls ID on January 3, 1944. He got his PhD in math at the University of Wisconsin in 1976.

He spent his professional career in computer programming, becoming known as a supercoder, a teacher and mentor, and a genius at solving problems. The foundations of mathematics, logic, and set theory remained his life-long avocation. He was also active in his church and in the pursuit of justice, where he felt God’s call. For many years he was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, known there as Emory MacMichael. Later in life, he wrote and self-published speculative fiction about pixies, available on Amazon.

He is survived by his wife, Johanna Meyer-Mitchell, MD; their son Merlin Meyer-Mitchell and his wife, Barbara, and their children Nina and Tristan in CT; and by their daughter Arwyn Daemyir and her partners Gary Daemyir and Laura Bouma, and their children, Brisen, Taelyn, Aspen, Juniper, and Rowan, who live in Portland, OR. He is also survived by his sister Jean Mitchell, brothers Bill and Mike Mitchell, and sisters Terri Mitchell and Sue Connolly.

Services will be held at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church at 3:00 PM on June 25,2023. The family asks that memorial gifts be given to WCUMC or Hospice East Bay.

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