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W&L Law Grad Bob Mitchell Looks Back

After playing quarterback for four years down the street at Virginia Military Institute, Bob Mitchell entered law school at Washington and Lee in 1962. While he was in law school at W&L, Bob coached the VMI freshman team. A few weeks ago, Bob was featured in a story in the Washington Times, which was taking a look back at a historic football game in DC (now RFK) Stadium. On Oct. 7, 1961, VMI played George Washington in the brand new stadium. It was actually the second game to be played. The first had been a Redskins game the previous week. But the VMI game was the dedication game, and the point of the article was that pre-game festivities delayed the game so long that, in Bob Mitchell’s view, it contributed to a bad Keydet loss. “Emotionally, we were ready to play, but we sat there and sat there and sat there,” Bob told the Times. “All the air went out of our balloon, and we played the worst game in my four years at VMI.” After graduating from law school in 1965, Bob moved to Winchester, Va., and is a partner in the law firm Hall, Monahan, Engle, Mahan & Mitchell.