Dr. David L. Myslewski

 

David L. Myslewski, PhD., of Bradford, passed away on September 21, 2020 at his home.

Born on April 2, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant, he was a son of the late Walter J. and Elizabeth “Betty” Brier Myslewski. 

Dr. Myslewski was a graduate of the former Ramsay High School in Mt. Pleasant, and received his undergraduate degree from California University, Master’s Degree from University of Pittsburgh and PhD. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. David was an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He was hired as an instructor in 1969, then was promoted to an assistant professor 1975. In 1976, Dr. Myslewski was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor. In May 2006, he retired after serving 37 years as full-time college professor,  receiving his Emeritus Status in the Summer of 2006. As an accomplished classical guitarist, Dr. Myslewski remained at Pitt-Bradford on a part-time basis, serving as the college’s primary guitar instructor. 

Dr. Myslewski received his Ph.D. in American and British Literature from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He also held a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. While working in the former humanities division at Pitt-Bradford, he helped to develop both the English major and English composition program. Dr. Myslewski taught more than a dozen courses while at the college, with American literature and English composition as his most frequently taught courses. His research interests largely centered around the work of American author Mark Twain. 

Dr. Myslewski's main passion was playing the classical guitar. As a guitarist, he produced an LP record of classical guitar music in the late 1980s. This was followed by a CD of guitar music recorded as a duo with guitarist Marg Terry, together they called themselves , Simple Pleasures.  

Dr. Myslewski was known as a kind and patient professor and colleague at Pitt-Bradford, having worked at Pitt-Bradford from some of its earliest years until just this past fall. He will be sincerely missed on campus by the many who knew him and will always be fondly remembered as a "sweet gentle soul".

When he would attend church he loved to visit St. Bernards Catholic Church, Bradford  and Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels Parish in Olean, NY.   

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Dolly Stana Myslewski, nephews, Scott Myslewski, of Greensburg, Dr. Jeffrey (Lisa) Myslewski  of Greensburg, Jason Myslewski, of Greensburg, nieces, Shara (Bob) Saveikis  of Greensburg, and Shelly (Ken) Kilar  of Pasadena, CA, seven grand nephews  Jay, Brett and Max Myslewski, Brock and Brady Saveikis, and Kevin Kilar, and his grand niece Nola Kilar.

David was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dr. Walter Myslewski III.

Friends will be received from  12 - 1 PM on Saturday September 26, 2020 at the St. Bernards Catholic Church, Bradford, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow. Burial will be held at Visitation Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant at a later date. Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, all attendees are required to wear a mask.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to a charity of donor's choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Online condolences can be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

I was sad to read about Dr. Myslewski''s passing. His technical writing class was one of my first college classes. I have fond memories of his class and the skills I learned.
— Doreen R Tominez

So sad to read of David''s passing. We always talked of music, when we ran into each other. Although, our playing styles were different, we enjoyed exchanging ideas. Loved to hear him play.
— Grant/CarolOrris

I worked in the Academic Affairs Office at Pitt-Bradford for over 20 years, and was a student there, as well. David''s cordiality was renown. Such a beautiful soul.
— Julie (Dykstra) Stacey

I send my sympathy to David’s family and all those who were close to him. I would frequently chat with David at the Bradford post office, and had the pleasure of seeing him just a few weeks ago. He was a devoted faculty member at Pitt-Bradford, and the college is a better place because of his many years of service and dedication to his students. May he Rest In Peace.
— Jim Evans

I met David when I returned to Bradford in the early 70''s to attend Pitt Bradford. He was teaching English Lit. at the time. As we were about the same age, became friends. He indeed was a "kind & gentle soul". I am sure he is making Heavenly music.
— Frank Mackey

David was a kind and gentle person. I joined the Humanities Division as division secretary in 1976. David welcomed me so graciously and I enjoyed our musical conversations. My prayer is that he will make beautiful music with the angels.??????
— Marilyn Minnier

So sorry about David. He was teaching at Pitt Bradford when I attended 1969-1971. He was such a kind soul, so very sorry for your loss.
— Terri DePalma Leven

David has been a great and dear friend of mine for over 40 years. He will be missed by all his friends and family . RIP David.
— Carole VanSickle

David was such a kind soul. He always offered a friendly smile and had something nice to say. He was the reason I chose to minor in English and enjoyed all of his classes. He had the most gentle disposition. We stayed in touch long after graduation and I will miss seeing him in town. Rest easy.
— Katie

Condolences

  • I was sad to read about Dr. Myslewski''s passing. His technical writing class was one of my first college classes. I have fond memories of his class and the skills I learned.

    — Doreen R Tominez
  • So sad to read of David''s passing. We always talked of music, when we ran into each other. Although, our playing styles were different, we enjoyed exchanging ideas. Loved to hear him play.

    — Grant/CarolOrris
  • I worked in the Academic Affairs Office at Pitt-Bradford for over 20 years, and was a student there, as well. David''s cordiality was renown. Such a beautiful soul.

    — Julie (Dykstra) Stacey
  • I send my sympathy to David’s family and all those who were close to him. I would frequently chat with David at the Bradford post office, and had the pleasure of seeing him just a few weeks ago. He was a devoted faculty member at Pitt-Bradford, and the college is a better place because of his many years of service and dedication to his students. May he Rest In Peace.

    — Jim Evans
  • I met David when I returned to Bradford in the early 70''s to attend Pitt Bradford. He was teaching English Lit. at the time. As we were about the same age, became friends. He indeed was a "kind & gentle soul". I am sure he is making Heavenly music.

    — Frank Mackey