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"Mr. Z"
James M. Zolnowski passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Alice (nee Jablonski) Zolnowski. He was a beloved nephew, cousin and friend to many.
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Zolnowski went on to earn degrees in business, industrial engineering, theology, and philosophy, all from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He joined the faculty at Chaminade College Preparatory School in 1979 where he served until his death. Known to the Chaminade Family simply as “Mr. Z,” he was beloved by the faculty, staff and especially the students of Chaminade.
In 1982, he was named director of the residence program, a position he held until 1989. To this day, he remained involved with the resident program in Canning and Frische Halls. In 1996, he became the school librarian and archivist. Mr. Z served as the sacristan for all Chaminade masses; prepared historical displays for class reunions and “Celebrate Chaminade”; and worked with campus ministry to decorate the Immaculate Conception chapel and Atrium for the Christmas holidays.

A teacher first and foremost, Mr. Z’s list of classes taught over the past forty-one years includes religion, American history, art history, Latin, business law, economics, and even typing. His way with students never varied—disciplined, firm, and always one of high expectations. That being said, Mr. Z was always quick with a friendly verbal needle, as well words of encouragement that helped students reach their full potential.

Mr. Z reached out to all students, and daily, he lent an ear to those who needed it. His outreach was so great that an anonymous alumnus chose to establish two fully funded scholarships in Mr. Z’s honor in the mid-2000s – the James M. Zolnowski Tribute Scholarship and the Living Mentor Scholarship.
In 2008, Mr. Z was honored by Chaminade's Alumni Board with the Honorary Alumnus Award. Mr. Z’s life was Chaminade. Aside from the occasional trip back to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, he could be found in the library, chapel, residence halls – always somewhere on Chaminade’s campus.

Mr. Z has touched the lives of so many students and is a true model of Esto Vir.

Services: A funeral service will be held via livestream on Wednesday, August 5 at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the James M. Zolnowski Memorial Fund at Chaminade.

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