Donald L. Mullett, 84, educator

Donald L. Mullett

Donald L. Mullett held a number of positions in higher education.

Mullett died on Friday, April 19, 2013. He was 84.

He was born on April 10, 1929 to Festus and Josephine Mullett. He was the youngest of four children. He grew up in New York City where he was a member of Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Family values were important to him. His family said he talked about how lovingly strict his father was and how his mother could stretch a dollar during the Great Depression.

All of this, he said, helped him appreciate the blessings and good fortune he attained in life.

He attended New York City public schools and graduated from Commerce High School in 1947.

Mullett served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged.

He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Lincoln University and went on to earn a master’s in business administration from New York University and a doctor of philosophy in urban economics from the University of Delaware.

One of the highlights of Mullett’s life was to return to his alma mater Lincoln University in Pennsylvania to serve as comptroller, business manager, vice president of fiscal affairs and eventually interim president.

He also served as vice president of finance and fiscal affairs at Texas Southern University, Houston; vice president of fiscal affairs at Jarvis Christian College, Hawkins, Texas; vice president of fiscal affairs, interim president, Cheyney University, West Chester and interim president, Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo.

Mullett also served on the board of trustees at Lincoln University, and Oakwood University, Huntsville, Ala. He then retired to Pearland, Texas.

He was a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Mullett enjoyed jazz and reading about its history. He had an extensive music library and had amassed more than 2,000 compact discs of many great jazz artists. His favorite was Duke Ellington.

In addition to his parents, Mullett was preceded in death by his sisters, Marjorie Eloise, Barbara Edwina, Monica May and nephew, Lawrence V. Gooden.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughters, Barbara Louise Mullett, Donna Mullett King; stepchildren, David James and Lisa James; grandchildren, Courtney King, Monica King, Mikaela James and Shelbi James; nieces, Lynne Peterson Cummins and Diane Gooden House; nephews, Lloyd Vaughn Peterson and Warren Gooden; great nieces, Kelli Owens, Shelli Owens, Lauren Owens Jones and Mulea Wambua; great nephews, Jamal Lloyd Johnson, Brandon House, Amon Gooden, Brandon Gooden and other relatives and friends.

Services were held April 29 at Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church, 101 West 123rd Street, New York, N.Y.

Clayton Funeral and Cemetery Services handled the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to: Presidential Scholarship Fund of Lincoln University, 150 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352.

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