Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Rev. James Zmyslo

The Reverend James S. Zmyslo of State College. Born in South Bend, IN, Father Zmyslo entered the United States Navy after graduating from Saint Meinrad College in 1974. During his distinguished 20-year Naval career from which he retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1996, Father Zmyslo attended the Naval Post Graduate School, where he received a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. Father Zmyslo moved to State College to work at the Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory and later opened a State College office for Klein and Stump, a defense contract company from Virginia. In 2004 Father Zmyslo entered The General Theological Seminary in New York City. Upon graduation, he was ordained to the ministry of The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on June 2007. Father Zmyslo accepted the chaplaincy at Penn State University. He had also served at Saint Andrew's (State College) and Saint John's (Bellefonte) Episcopal Churches. Father Zmyslo is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte; stepson, Jeffrey Bishop; one sister, Paulette Calkins (Patrick); two brothers, Ron (Sharon), and Alan (Lynn) Zmyslo; as well as nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Father Zmyslo may be made to The Episcopal Campus Ministry, c/o Jean Beierlein, 484 Orlando Avenue, State College, PA 16801.