In Memory

Norman R. Schultz

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03/12/13 06:13 PM #1    

William Jarmolych



Norman R. Schultz, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor Norman R. Schultz, Jr., lost his life on July 14, 1989, in Syracuse, New York, as the result of a tragic accident involving his bicycle and an automobile. He was 43 years of age. Dr. Schultz was Professor of Psychology at Clemson University in South Carolina and Book Review Editor for this journal. In 1976 he obtained his Ph.D. in psychology at Syracuse University under the direction of Dr. William J. Hoyer. He specialized in life-span developmental psychology and was a National Institute of Child and Human Development predoctoral fellow during the years 1974 and 1975.

Between the summers of 1976 and 1977 he began, at Syracuse, the first year of a 16-year longitudinal study of blood pressure and cognitive function conducted in collaboration with the present writer. These studies had led him back to Syracuse University year after year. He died while engaged in this work in the summer of 1989.

Following his first year of work on the hypertension project as Research Associate at the Geron­tology Research Laboratory, All-University Gerontology Center, Syracuse University, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Clemson University. In 1983 he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and in 1986 to the rank of Professor of Psychology.

Prolessor Schultz was a member of many professional organizations reflecting his varied interests and significant contributions to adult developmental psychology and health psychology, e.g., the American Psychological Association, The Gerontological Association of America, and the Society for Behavioral Medicine. Before his death he had published 30 scientific papers; several have been published in the year since his death and I personally know of many yet to be published. Professor Schultz loved research and consequently sowed the seeds of many publications yet to be harvested. Without his diligence, diplomacy, and patience, our collaborative project at the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse would not have been possible. Without his optimism, the longitudinal phase would never have begun.

Those of us who knew Norm, remember well that he valued the informal honors more than the formal. Indeed, he was an honorary uncle in our family and uncontested social and athletic direc­tor for our research group. He looked forward more than anyone I know to lobster dinners and writing sessions in the Maine woods. He brought the same terribly high energy level to his friend­ships as he did to his research and teaching. There is no greater test of friendship than collaborative writing and no greater joy than collaborating with a friend. To paraphrase "Spock": "I have been, and always shall be, your friend."

Merrill F. Elias, Ph.D. Editor

Experimental Aging Research

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