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Longtime Mathematics Professor Carl Schulz Dies at 85

Longtime Old Dominion University mathematics professor Carl Arnold Schulz, Jr. passed away in his sleep on March 19. He was 85.

Schulz started teaching Mathematics at Old Dominion University in 1962 and retired from full-time teaching in 2009.

He was born in 1931 and earned a B.S. in mathematics from Western Michigan University followed by graduate study at Florida State University where he studied algebraic topology. He also did further graduate work at Wayne State University and the University of South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, scholarship contributions may be sent to the Old Dominion University Educational Foundation In Memory of Carl Schulz, Jr. To make a donation, visit the Old Dominion University Educational Foundation gift website.

The Carl A. Schulz Jr. Endowed Scholarship was created to honor the legacy and memory of Schulz. Throughout his career, Schulz taught 18 different undergraduate mathematics courses and 5 different graduate math courses. He also reviewed several textbooks on algebra, trigonometry, precalculus and calculus. Prof. Schulz served as academic advisor for math majors from 1964 to 1969 and again from 1972 to 1974. He was a faculty senator during the 1974/1975 academic year and served as assistant chair of the department from 1975 to 1977.

"Prof. Schulz was a demanding teacher who expected the best of the students he taught," said Hideaki Kaneko, chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. "He was passionate about his students. Many recall Prof. Schulz holding late help sessions for his students. After his retirement in 2009, Prof. Schulz continued to teach a class in abstract algebra as well as in non-Euclidean geometry. His influence over the many students he taught is beyond measure, particularly those who chose their career in the secondary education program."

The Carl A. Schulz Jr. Endowed Scholarship will support qualified undergraduate majors in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

"We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Schulz family which made the scholarship possible," Kaneko said.

Schulz was active in the Soap Box Derby, held at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach, with all three of his children. He also enjoyed camping, woodworking and home improvement projects. Schulz was active with Boy Scout Troop 24 when his sons were in scouting.

Schulz is survived by his wife, Judy Schulz, sons Kirk Schulz and Jeff Schulz and daughter Lisa Odebralski.

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