Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 26, 2017
Bruce Elder Mitchell
Bruce Elder Mitchell, age 77, died surrounded by his family
after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer.
Bruce was the son of Reginald P. Mitchell and Jean Elder
Mitchell. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Wilson Mitchell,
his daughters, Lisa Mitchell Parrish and Jean Mitchell Salisbury,
son-in-law Matthew Bullis Salisbury, his brother, Reginald P Mitchell, Jr., and six
grandchildren: Mitchell Parrish, Bruce Elder Parrish, Carolyn Parrish, Ann Kathryn Parrish,
Elizabeth Salisbury, and Wilson Salisbury.
Bruce was born in Takoma Park, Maryland. Because his father was in the Foreign Service, he
lived as a young boy in several countries including Haiti, Egypt, France, Italy and Canada. His
family moved to Washington D.C. when he was in middle school. He attended Wilson High
School (1956) and graduated from Bullis Prep School. After two years at the University of
Michigan, Bruce transferred to Gettysburg College where he became affiliated with Phi
Gamma Delta fraternity and where he met his wife at a nearby women's college. Upon
graduation he and Carolyn moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where Bruce attended the
University of North Carolina Law School, where he graduated with honors. He was accepted
in the honors program at the Interstate Commerce Commission and he thus began a career in
Bruce and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the early 70's and in the early 80's he
formed his own law firm and has run his own practice ever since. The firm continues to be
active in the name of Mitchell-Handshuch. He was a nationally recognized transportation law
expert and has enjoyed practicing with both national and Georgia transportation and
brokerage firms. Bruce was a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association and his
activity in the association included the formation of the Commercial and Business Litigation
section which is currently the largest section in the Association.
Bruce always valued education and he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Holy
Innocents' Episcopal School at a critical time in the school's history when it was expanding to
K-12. He chaired two separate search committees for a new headmaster and then became
Chairman of the Scholarship Committee. A scholarship at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
was established in honor of his work there.
Memorial donations may be given to that scholarship or to the school. A fully funded
scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been established in his name
by his family. Bruce's many friends from practicing law, his fraternity, his work out groups, Holy
Innocents' Church and School, his neighbors and social groups have been extremely caring
during the final stage of his illness. The family appreciates their support and kindness.
A memorial service with a reception following will be held at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church,
805 Mt Vernon Highway. with the Right Reverend Joe Reynolds presiding, on Saturday, April
1 at 11 a.m.