Dr. Eugene Mitch: An interesting life

mitchAt an early age Eugene Mitch realized his passion was creating and discovering. Mitch, since a young age, has traveled and experienced new cultures.

“I enjoy traveling because I get to see other things, cultures, and people,” said Mitch. “Plus you learn a lot from what other people in other countries do. It’s fascinating.”

At the age of 29 he traveled to Italy, located in Europe.

“I spent two weeks in Italy as part of my wedding honeymoon,” said Mitch. “It was really romantic. I got a chance to travel to Venice and Rome.”

From his many voyages to distant lands he learned to speak German and Spanish, and he also collects all pictures taken in other countries.

“I collect pictures. They are great memories to keep with you always,” said Mitch. “I also use them to take to school and show them to history classes.”

drMitchEven though he spent most of his life traveling and discovering the world, he also holds inside his heart a passion for performing arts. 

“In high school I was part of the school’s marching band, where I played the piccolo,” said Mitch.

Not only did he hold a passion for music, he was also involved in drama and performed in well known plays written by Shakespeare.

“It was terrific; I loved drama class,” said Mitch. “The students in the drama class showed passion into acting. They had great talent, and we all had fun.”

Mitch earned a Ph.D. in Drama and a Masters in English.

“I received my Masters Degree in English at the California University, at Long Beach,” said Mitch. “I taught English and drama for 35 years.” 

Although he is elderly, he enjoys spending time with younger people, since they are interesting. According to Mitch it keeps him young and going.

“The only thing old people do is play golf and be boring,” said Mitch. “I don’t like to be boring.”

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Eugene Mitch with his uncle in Egypt. This was one of many adventures he took where they rented camels and bough Egyptian clothes to feel the full experience.

Eugene Mitch with his uncle in Egypt. This was one of many adventures he took where they rented camels and bough Egyptian clothes to feel the full experience.

Reprinted from an article written by Yvette Estrada, published in the Cornerstone, Nov. 27, 2007

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A Memorial Service will be held in honor of
Dr. Eugene Mitch
Carl Hayden High School’s Auditorium
November 7th at 5 p.m.
All who knew and loved him, are welcome to attend.

 

How long have you been working here: 6 years

What made you teach here? There was too much of nothing in California, since I retired of teaching after 30 years, so I decided to come to Arizona where I met young and fun people.
Most memorable moment at Carl Hayden: When I won employee of the month

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