July 29, 2013
Philanthropist George P. Mitchell, a major benefactor to the Academies and an ardent supporter of sustainable, environmentally responsible economic growth, died July 26. He was 94. A petroleum engineer and geologist, Mitchell was a prominent U.S. entrepreneur credited with championing the oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques that sparked a natural gas boom in the United States. Among many generous gifts to the Academies, Mitchell and his late wife Cynthia donated $20 million in 2002 to establish the Cynthia and George Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability Science.