- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Dr. Keiffer J. Mitchell Sr., a member of a prominent Baltimore political family, has died. He was 73.

His son, Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., said his father died Tuesday surrounded by family at Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore after a brief illness.

Mitchell, a gastrointestinal surgeon, practiced medicine in Baltimore. His son, who served in the Maryland House of Delegates, says his father worked to open doors for black doctors while serving as the first African-American on the Johns Hopkins Medical School admissions committee.

The doctor was the son of Clarence M. Mitchell Jr., a leading figure in the civil rights movement and a lobbyist for the NAACP. He also is related to the late Parren J. Mitchell, the first African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland.

This story has been corrected to show the hospital name is Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital, not Good Samaritan Hospital.

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