Robert Phillip Shulman
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Robert Phillip Shulman

Robert Shulman, Professor Emeritus of English, at the University of Washington, died on Monday October 23, 2017, at Swedish hospital. Bob received his B.A. from Syracuse University in 1952, and his M.A.(1954) and PhD (1959) at Ohio State University, After teaching a year at the University of Wisconsin, he came west in 1961 to begin a long career at the University of Washington. He taught American Literature, and retired in 2007.

Bob was a dedicated teacher of undergraduate and graduate students. He treated every student with respect and encouraged their curiosity and reflection. Bob also wrote many academic articles exploring a variety of American authors, their work, and the time and context in which they lived. Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, and Richard Wright were a few of many who received his scholarly attention. He also wrote two books: one on social criticism of American fictions of the nineteenth century and the other about authors of the left during the 1930's.

Bob was an intellectual in the liberal Western tradition. He cherished the ideals of freedom, equality, and justice. Bob received Fulbrights, and invitations to speak at American Studies conferences as well as English departments in the US and Europe. He also taught at several different institutions while on leave.

Family was at the core of his life. He is survived by his wife Sondra, daughter Natasha (Lady Krishna), son David and his wife, Smadar, and granddaughter, Talia. Contributions to his legacy can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 26, 2017.
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July 20, 2018
Prof. Shulman was an amazing person and terrific professor who had a very positive effect on the trajectory of my life. He encouraged me to explore ideas and write papers on books that would not fit within a normal curriculum. He was intelligent, kind, accessible, and generally a pleasure to be around. I was very saddened to hear of his passing, but his influence lives on through his family, friends and many students.
Randall Olsen
July 11, 2018
Henry Smith
June 26, 2018
Prof. Shulman was one of my favorite professors. I am grateful to him for making me fall in love with literature even more, and for caring deeply about his students.
Mansi Deshpande
January 18, 2018
I was deeply saddened to learn of Bob's passing and offer belated condolences to Sandy and the Schulman family. I was privileged to meet Bob and Sandy only two years ago but am grateful for that brief time to enjoy his warmth, wit and devotion to his family, literature and social equality.
Donald Berk
December 15, 2017
I always remember Bob with his winning smile, warmth and generous hospitality - whether via a superb cup of coffee or his famous oatmeal. Most of all, I remember how much he enjoyed his family - his wife Sandy and his daughter Natasha, daughter-in-law Sam and how proud he was of his granddaughter Talia. Also, how incredibly funny he and his son David were together at several family functions that I was privileged to attend as a welcome guest. Bob, you will be missed. Cheers, Vicki Murad
Victoria Murad
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