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James George Beierlein February 20, 1947 June 4, 2016 James George Be-ierlein, 69, of State College, died Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Mt. Nittany Medical Center. He suffered from a lung disease called sarcoidosis, which affected several areas of his body. After contracting pneumonia in February, it began to grow in his lungs after being dormant for almost 30 years. Jim was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church since moving to State College in 1977. He enjoyed fishing, reading, teaching, being out of doors, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Jim was born February 20, 1947 in Summit, NJ to the late James Gough and Helen Edith Beierlein. He grew up in Madison and Morristown, NJ. He is survived by his wife Jean, of almost 40 years, whom he met while at Purdue University. Jim is also survived by his two children, and their spouses, Julie and Henry from Vanuatu in the South Pacific and Jimmy and Jill, of Charleston, SC; four grandchildren, Jordan John, Claire June, Mark James and James David; sister, Jill Johnson and her husband, Mike of Ellicott City, MD; brother-in-law, Danny Mushrush and his wife Jayne of Gilman, Illinois; and nephews and nieces, Scott, Craig and Mark Johnson, Chris Mushrush, Emily Gernand, Jamie Hart and Casey Knoll. Jim received his B.S. and M.S. from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University majoring in Agricultural Economics. He was a Full Professor of Agricultural Economics at Penn State University, planning to retire at the end of June with Emeritus status. He taught Agriculture Business Management for over 39 years to a large number of students. He helped develop the online course for Agribusiness and was working on the effort to put the whole agribusiness management program online in the next two years. Jim served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant, serving in South Vietnam (1971-1972), and was awarded a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medals for his service. He received a Penn State Alumni Teaching Fellow award which is Penn State's top teaching honor; was selected by the United States Department of Agriculture for National Outstanding Teacher Award; selected by the American Agricultural Economics Association for its Outstanding Teaching Award; Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Teacher award; College of Agriculture Science Academy for Teaching Excellence; and the PSU Barash Human Services Award for his contributions to the community. He served on the State College Borough Water Authority from 1992-2002. He was a Church Board member and Chairman of Episcopal Campus Ministry at Penn State, 1998 to 2013; board member and Chairman of the Board of the Penn State Federal Credit Union from 1979 to present; and an Adult Leader with the Boy Scouts of America, 1992-2013. Jim has published 10 textbooks, one of which is used worldwide. The family would like to thank the staff at the Mt. Nittany Medical Center, Juniper Village at Brookline and Omni Health Care for their excellent care of Jim over the past several months. Thank you to all of his friends and co-workers who came to visit with him. A big thank you to Father Doug Dailey of St. Andrews Episcopal Church for all of his support during the past several months. Memorial Service will be on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Ave., State College, at 10:00 AM, with Father Doug Dailey officiating. Following the Service there will be a Celebration of his Life at the church for everyone to attend. Burial will be at Spring Creek Presbyterian Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Lung Association, 209 E. Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801, in Jim's Memory or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook.

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Published in Centre Daily Times on Jun. 6, 2016.
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June 27, 2016
Jean, Jimmy, Julie and Family,

Your husband and Dad's passing is a great loss to all of us. He was my beloved advisor. Frankly, I would not have completed Graduate School at Penn State without his guidance and counsel. We recounted many of our shared roots in NJ and Rutgers. I am disappointed that I did not learn of his passing sooner.

I found out only yesterday while attending a retreat in Frenchville, PA. One of his colleagues (Ann Marie Nachtmann) let me know of his passing. She was surprised (as was I) that I was not present at his funeral. I would have made every effort to attend had I known sooner.

My condolences and prayers go out to all of you and the broader AE&RS Department at PSU. The world has lost a great man.

Rolland C. Coutinho,
MS Ag Econ, PSU 1990
Rolland Coutinho
June 9, 2016
I had met Jim in agriculture work decades ago and he was always knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. What a great life, a true gentleman and a professional. My condolences to his friends and family.
Jeff Patton
June 8, 2016
Dear Jean,

What a great man and leader for his school, community, and church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve for Jim's loss and celebrate all of his accomplishments and generosity for others.
Sue and Charlie Purdum
June 8, 2016
Jim, colleague and friend. Beyond the trials, tribulations, joys and love of this world there is a garden. We will meet you there. Keep on running.
Drew Hyman
June 7, 2016
Dear Jean, Jimmy and Julie and family,
We are so very sorry about Jim's passing on so young. We have only great memories of him as a terrific father and wonderful friend and neighbor. Your loss is a profound one.
Julie and Gary Gittings
June 7, 2016

Sorry to hear of your husbands passing. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Jule Weaver
June 7, 2016
Dear Jean, I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. You know your quilting friends are always here for you. Prayers to you and your family.
Barb Ault
June 7, 2016
I cared for him at MNMC. He was such a pleasant patient and was so thoughtful and nice to the nursing staff. I am sorry to hear about his passing.
June 6, 2016
Dear Jean
I am so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
With love, Martha. (Presently in Texas but coming home Wednesday evening.)
June 6, 2016
Jean, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Diane Ault
June 6, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Diann Dunham
June 6, 2016
Jean and family - very sorry to read of Jim's passing. We are going out of town, but wanted to express our sympathy for your loss. Carl and Bonnie Pillar
June 6, 2016
My thoughts are with the Beierlein family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Michele Spencer
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