Dale Mitch Passes Away

Dale Mitch
Photo by Paul Harvath

(5/22/08) - Dale Mitch, who served as editor of SKATING magazine and later became director of the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall Fame, passed away Monday. He was 76.

Mitch was born April 29, 1932 in Cedar Lake, Ind., the son of Margaret Lola Kelley (Ahrens) and Albert Eugene Mitch, Sr.

He graduated from Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Ind., and from Indiana University, with graduate studies at Indiana, New York University and University of Rochester (N.Y.). He is survived by his friend Joan Hayward of Naples, N.Y.

With early interests in the arts and theater, Mitch worked with numerous summer stock and off-Broadway productions, most notably the famed Eugene O'Neill Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, Mass. He appeared in, designed and directed more than 125 different plays.

He joined Noble & Noble Publishers in 1959 and then spent 10 years with Harcourt Brace Jovanovich's Instructor Publications as managing editor before turning to freelance writing and editing.

Mitch moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1986 to become editor of SKATING magazine. While at U.S. Figure Skating, he also took over the duties of public relations and publications director and later became director of the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame. He served as press attaché for the United States Olympic Committee at the 1986 and 1987 Olympic Festivals and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada, before his retirement in 1993.

He was the author of Jill Trenary: The Day I Skated for the Gold and contributed to The Olympian, Blades on Ice, American Skating World, Collier's encyclopedia, Microsoft Encarta 96 and countless other journals.

Mitch was associated with the Tom Collins' Champions on Ice tour as a staff writer. He was a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Museum Committee, Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and the Figure Skating Historical Society.

No services are planned. Memorial donations may be made to the World Figure Skating Museum Endowment Fund, Colorado Springs, Colo., or to the Naples Library, Main Street, Naples, N.Y. 14512.

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