Allan L. and Carol A. Mysel

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Allan and Carol Mysel moved from Westfield, New Jersey to Charleston in October 1994. Since arriving, they have had an exceptionally positive effect on the community, actively supporting organizations that impact minorities, the arts, and education. 

Allan Mysel started his professional career as a chemical engineer for Merck in 1960. While working, he took night classes in the M.B.A program at Rutgers University and completed his degree in 1963. With a background in both business and chemistry, Allan was able to wear many hats at Merck, working in materials management, facilities planning, strategic planning, and purchasing. He retired from Merck as Executive Director of Procurement Reengineering on June 1, 1993, one month shy of his thirty-three year anniversary with the company. 

Carol Mysel received her B.A. in elementary education in 1963. In the following years, she would dedicate most of her time to raising her three children, Cathy, Jon, and Nancy, as well as working as an outside travel agent. 

The two met while attending neighboring colleges in Massachusetts. At the beginning of his senior year, Mr. Mysel and his friends were in their fraternity house (Alpha Epsilon Pi) when a small group of girls called from Leslie, bored. He and his friends went to pick up the girls and the future Mrs. Mysel was among them. He called her for a date the next day and the two were married in December 1960. 

Generous with both their time and their contributions, the Mysels have quickly made their impact felt on the Charleston community. 

Allan is a member of the board of Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, currently serving as recording secretary and assisting the synagogue with the development of their long-range plans. He has also volunteered to help develop a system of long range planning for the Jewish Community Center, the Charleston Jewish Federation, and the Charleston Ballet Theatre Board, of which he is a long-term board member. He is currently active on the board of the Christian-Jewish Council and has served as treasurer for Innovative Alternatives for Education, a program working to improve education for minorities. 

Carol has donated her time to both the Ronald McDonald House and Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. It is his wife’s friendliness and compassion that Allan says draws people to her side, especially those who are seeking comfort or who are ill. 

The Mysels attribute their efforts in the community to a desire to give back after experiencing so much joy in their life. Mr. Mysel has said that as he gets older, he realizes that his career achievements are not the only mark he wants to leave on the earth. 

The Mysels share a passion for the arts, the College of Charleston’s basketball team, and most of all their children and three grandchildren, Daniel, Sarah, and Jeffrey. 

Allan L. Mysel 
b. November 10, 1938 
Haverhill, Massachusettes 
Parents: Jennie Jacobovitz, b. March 28, 1911, Boston, Massachusetts and Philip Mysel, b. June 11, 1909, Poland 
Education: Tufts University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1956-1960; Rutgers, the State University, MBA, 1960-1963 

Carol A. Mysel 
b. January 21, 1941 
Paterson, New Jersey 
Parents: Goldie Lampel, b. February 6, 1910, New York, New York; A. Leon Kohlreiter, April 14, 1907, Hoboken, New Jersey 
Education: Lesley College, 1958-1960; Mills College, 1960-1963, B.A. Elementary Education 

Children: Cathy Yamashita, b. 1962, currently living in Upper Montclair, NJ; Jon Mysel, b. 1964, currently living in Westfield, NJ; Nancy Mysel, b. 1967, currently living in Los Angeles, CA 

Grandchildren: Daniel Yamashita, b. 1989; Sarah Yamashita, b. 2000; Jeffrey Mysel, b. 1989