Sid Mishkin: ‘Wilmington College Is Where My Life Began’
Sidney “Sid” Mishkin, Class of 1959 came to Wilmington College in fall 1955 as one of the “Donora Boys,” a group of young men from Donora, Pa. He graduated four years later after what he described as a life-transforming experience. “At Wilmington College, this is when my life began — it really did! I would have been nowhere without this College.”
Mishkin, 84, of Indianapolis, died Friday (Oct. 30).
PICTURED: Sid Mishkin is pictured alongside part of his collection of African art and carvings.
His passing coincides with the completion this month of the College Gateway, an expansive new entrance to the campus for which he was the major donor. It was the latest in decades of gifts of time, treasure and talent to his beloved alma mater.
Mishkin joined the Wilmington College Board of Trustees in 2002 and was selected as Board chair in 2006, a position he held for six years through 2012. In 2014, upon completing his second, six-year term, the College recognized his leadership and commitment by honoring him with the designation of “Life Trustee.”
He and his wife, Sharon, were consistent and generous leadership donors throughout the years and are among the upper echelon of the College’s benefactors, as evidenced by the endowed scholarships they established and their support for building projects.
The couple was married for 59 years and they are the parents of three children. He practiced law for 40 years and, in his retirement, enjoyed traveling with Sharon to such global locales as India, Africa and Antarctica.
In 2019, the College honored the Mishkins as “Philanthropists-of-the-Year.” His obituary lists the College among the family’s preferred memorials. Read the obituary at: www.indystar.com/obituaries/ins128824.