Dr. Robert A. Schulz
1954 - 2019
BORN
1954
DIED
2019
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Dr. Robert A. Schulz

Oct. 6, 1954 - July 6, 2019

SOUTH BEND, IN - Dr. Robert A. Schulz, 64, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. Robert “Bob” was born on October 6, 1954 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Charles and Barbara (Langston) Schulz.

Bob received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and his doctorate in Biochemistry from Georgetown University. On July 3, 1982, in the Harvard Memorial Chapel, Cambridge, Massachusetts, he married the love of his life, Catherine “Cathy” Ross. As a young married couple, they resided together for three years in Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.

Bob and Cathy then moved to Houston, Texas where they lived for 22 years and raised their family while Bob worked as a Professor at The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. During the past twelve years, Bob served as a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame.

Bob enjoyed traveling, attending sporting events, spending time with family, and his new role as “Papa Bob” to his two grandsons. Bob will be remembered for his love of family and friends and his unique sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy; two daughters, Erica (Allen) Swackhamer of San Antonio, Texas and Lisa (Ian) Schmit of Cedarburg, Wisconsin; one son, Michael Schulz of Columbus, Ohio; two grandsons, Liam and Oliver Schmit; three sisters, Carol Karalewich of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, Terri (T.R.) Fraley of East Brunswick, New Jersey, and Lisa (Mark) Garboski of Newton, Pennsylvania; and by many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Schulz.



A visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, where a Rosary will be prayed at 5:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.



The family asks memorial contributions be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To view Professor's Schulz's professional biography, please visit biology.nd.edu. To send online condolences, please visit kaniewski.com.

Published by South Bend Tribune from Jul. 10 to Jul. 11, 2019.
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Unfortunately I am just now learning of Bob's passing. My condolences to Cathy and the family. I worked in a lab down the hall from Bob's at MD Anderson in Houston during the early 90s. Bob was a great friend and had a wonderful sense of humor. I especially enjoyed our time together at the departmental retreats in South Padre. What great memories. He was a special man and he will be missed.
Rob Burgess
Friend
May 28, 2021
Dad, you were an amazing father throughout my life. I miss our regular conversations and your texts to just check in or give a call when available.
Erica Swackhamer
Family
December 3, 2019
May the arms of Providence enfold you and comfort your loved ones. Well done, my Brother. AEKDB
James Jernigan
August 5, 2019
May the loving arms of Providence enfold you, my Brother. May your loved ones find strength in your shared moments of a great life. AEKDB. James Jernigan North Myrtle Beach, S.C
August 5, 2019
Dear Cathy and Family,
I am so sad to hear about your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all.
Sherrie Kingston
July 11, 2019
vincent p manning
July 11, 2019
Bob was a fraternity brother who was getting ready to graduate when I came into the fraternity. He was a very intelligent guy and a fellow chemistry graduate. My condolences to his family. Rest In Peace my brother. You have left us way too early. AEKDB!
Leon Stockton
Classmate
July 9, 2019
Bob was one of the reasons I joined Kappa Sigma. May he Rest In Peace. AEKDB
Randy May
Classmate
July 9, 2019
To Cathy and family,
John & I were so saddened and shocked to hear of Bobs sudden passing. We were so happy that we had reconnected over the past few years - Bob was definitely a wonderful person. We knew that he had such a deep love for you, Cathy, and was so proud of his children and his grandchildren. May Bob Rest In Peace and May God comfort all of you at this difficult time. Know that Bob will always be with you, watching over all of you. Treasure all of your memories....
Love,
John & Mary Anne Coyle
MaryAnne & John Coyle
Friend
July 9, 2019
Bob was leaving when I came in, but I remember him as a great guy. He will be sorely missed. AEKDB, rest in peace.
Clay Smitherman, 1979
Clay Smitherman
Brother
July 8, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. It was an honor to know him at UNC Kappa Sigma. The family is in my prayers. May God hold you close. AEKDB Bob.
Daniel Ramsey
Friend
July 8, 2019
God Bless you Robert. May you rest in peace. We will all meet in heaven one day. Love you.
GailAnn Karp
Family
July 8, 2019
My condolences to all of Bob's family. He was a frat brother of mine and a really good guy. I know he will be missed.
Gary Hassell
Friend
July 8, 2019
God love you Brother...AEKDB...Love you...
Terry Purvis
Brother
July 8, 2019
Greatly saddened to hear of Roberts passing. We had great times in college at the fraternity house. I remember him fondly & miss him. May his family find peace.
Kenneth Hollingsworth
Classmate
July 8, 2019
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