Rev. James R. Leo, Class of 1956
Bucknell University 1991 Alumni Association Award
“Service to Humanity”
As an undergraduate, Jim Leo studied commerce and finance, was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Christian Association, Booster Club, and Canterbury Club. He ran varsity track all four years at Bucknell and was active in intramural sports.
Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for two years. Shortly after being discharged, he decided to study for the priesthood in the Episcopal Church and entered the General Theological Seminary in New York City. After graduating from the seminary, he served churches in Pennsylvania and New York. In 1980, he was elected the dean of the American Cathedral in Paris - a post that he still occupies.
Over the last 35 years, his care and concern for his fellow human beings has manifested itself in many ways. He participated in the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama; established a "refugee" program at the American Cathedral in Paris to help countless individuals find a place to live and a meaningful job; and has been active in organizing trips to raise money for the work of the church.
The American Cathedral in Paris -the mother church of all the Episcopal churches in Europe - also serves as an unofficial embassy in Europe and Reverend Leo has had the opportunity to host a number of visiting dignitaries, including the president of the United States in 1989.