Mitchell, Mary Lu

MITCHELL (Wright),

Mary Lu

June 8, 1938 – February 8, 2024

Atlanta, Georgia

Of all of the attention-grabbing locations Mary Lu was lucky sufficient to expertise in her full and adventurous life, libraries had been all the time her favourite. Her love of libraries started as a baby within the charming tree shaded, small city library of Madisonville, Kentucky, the place she had her first volunteer job at age eight. Libraries had been additionally the place she ready for her championship highschool debates and had been later key in her profession as a researcher, author and publicist. She met her husband of 58 years, Wade, in a library at Harvard, raised her kids with a whole bunch of library visits and was a frontrunner of library organizations in Atlanta, the state of Georgia and the nation. All the time curious, her favourite quote was Vaclav Havel’s recommendation to “observe the one who seeks the reality; run from the one who has discovered it.”

Mary Lu’s quest for understanding and new experiences led her to fascinating work throughout her life, however her most cherished function was that of a spouse, mom and grandmother. There have been numerous carpools and assist for her kids’s many actions, however essentially the most memorable occasions had been the household journeys and outings, the place she handed alongside her deep love of museums, historical past and tradition. Mary Lu was a loyal pal to many, all the time obtainable to assist others when known as upon for info, recommendation and drawback fixing on quite a lot of points, particularly associated to well being. When thanked, her response was all the time, “We study from one another.”

Mary Lu graduated from Duke College the place she was President of her Senior Class and elected to the Could Courtroom. She went on to have a trailblazing profession that impressed many different ladies and led one famend southern writer, Margaret Anne Barnes, to nickname her “Basic Patton in an Armani swimsuit.”

After graduating from Duke, Mary Lu labored because the Director of the Job Placement Library on the Harvard Graduate Faculty of Enterprise Administration. Mary Lu later moved to New York to take a place within the Secretary Basic’s Workplace on the United Nations. On this function, she traveled to the Center East as the one lady on a fact-finding mission to interview the Sultan of Muscat, Imam of Oman, Egypt’s Abdel Nasser and rebels and sheiks in exile. She was elected by her colleagues to serve on the United Nations Employees Council and made lifelong associates from everywhere in the world.

After shifting to Atlanta, Mary Lu served because the Public Info Director of the anti-poverty program, Financial Alternative Atlanta Inc., one of many few built-in work forces within the metropolis on the time. For her accomplishments, Mary Lu was named Atlanta Girl of the 12 months in Professions. By no means one to hunt credit score for herself, one nominator wrote, “Mrs. Mitchell leads with none try and seize the limelight for herself and is the primary to offer credit score to others.”

Mary Lu additionally participated in Management Atlanta, labored as a researcher for the New York Occasions Southern Bureau, served as a publicist and literary executor to authors, and labored on many native political campaigns, together with serving as mayoral candidate, Marvin Arrington’s, Co-Chair for Ladies.

Along with her household and profession, volunteer work was central in her life. Mary Lu was a founding member of the Associates of the Atlanta Public Library and served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Public Library. Mary Lu was President of the statewide Georgia Library Trustees and Associates Affiliation and was a member of the Associates of Libraries USA Board of Administrators. She obtained the annual President’s Award of the Associates of Libraries USA for her management and advocacy. She was additionally a member of the Board of Guests of the Dictionary of American Regional English, which was researched on the College of Wisconsin and revealed by Harvard College Press.

A proponent of public well being points, Mary Lu served as Co-Chair of the Piedmont Hospital Davies Neighborhood Well being Info Heart and was a member of Piedmont Hospital’s Board of Guests. She additionally served as a member of Emory’s Rollins Faculty of Public Well being’s Board of Guests and as a Board Member of the Psychological Well being Affiliation.

Mary Lu is survived by her husband, Wade Treutlen Mitchell; her kids, Wade Wright Mitchell (Antonia), Catherine Mitchell Jaxon (J.J.); and adored grandchildren, Harrison, Alexia, Niall, Harper and James. She was predeceased by her beloved mother and father, John Walter Wright Sr. and Augusta Mae Jackson Wright; and brother, John Walter Wright, Jr.

The household will maintain a non-public burial service. For these wishing to make a contribution in Mary Lu’s reminiscence, please think about the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Basis, One Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta, GA 30303.

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