On August 5, 2016, Robert Lewis Mitchell, III suddenly passed away in his sleep. He was nineteen years old. In the aftermath, his family was bewildered.
Lew was an amazing kid, a product of Orange’s Heywood Avenue School, a graduate of Morristown-Beard School, an alumni of the Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar at the University of Michigan, a student at LaSalle University, a supportive friend, a thoughtful brother, and loving son.
After several months, an autopsy revealed that Lew’s death was the result of complications associated with asthma. His parents shared their story on a nationally televised reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) called Checked Inn (Episode 7:” Love, Loss and Legacy”).
The Mitchell family has joined FARC, an organization for which Lew volunteered his time, with two goals in mind: 1) to increase awareness about asthma, and 2) to raise money for FARC’s Lew Mitchell Scholarship for Volunteerism & Leadership.
In October 2018, the Lewis Mitchell Scholarship for Volunteerism & Leadership was awarded to three Orange High School senior students.