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Philanthropist George P. Mitchell Dies; Mayor Parker Releases Statement

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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(Photo Credit: The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation)

(Photo Credit: The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Philanthropist, Houston oil giant and real estate developer George Mitchell has died. Mitchell’s company was responsible for the discovery and development of more than 200 oil and 350 natural gas wells.

A Galveston native, Mitchell attended Texas A&M after graduating from Ball High School and then lived most of his life in The Woodlands. His wife, Cynthia Woods Mitchell, died in 2009 after a battle with Alzheimer’s.

On Friday, Houston Mayor Annise Parker called Mitchell a visionary who has a lasting legacy, stepped in diligence, determination and ingenuity: “George Mitchell leaves a lasting legacy that includes community-building, philanthropy and a passion for the arts. His ambition and success have transformed our region, from The Strand in Galveston to building The Woodlands into a city of the future. He was a visionary, and showed his love for Houston through his work and hometown pride. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, as we commemorate his life and indelible contributions to Houston and the surrounding region.”

Click here to learn more about Mitchell’s foundation.

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