Dr. Marilyn Rose Schultz Dr. Marilyn Schultz, a college professor who helped to jump-start the careers of many young journalists and broadcast professionals in the Austin area died on January 10, 2010 after a brief illness. Dr. Schultz earned her Ph.D. (1993) in Journalism and Mass Communications and her M.A. in Telecommunications from Indiana University in Bloomington. She spent many years teaching journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and most recently at Austin's St. Edwards University. Father Lou Brusatti, Dean of the School of Humanities at St. Edward's University released the following statement: "Marilyn Schultz brought a tremendous amount of journalism expertise to the School of Humanities at St. Edward's University. Marilyn came to St. Edward's in 2002. During her time at St. Edward's, she served as the faculty advisor for SEU TV and created the video Basil Moreau: Legacy of Hope, which paid tribute to the university's founding religious order, the Congregation of Holy Cross. Marilyn once said that "teaching is the most important work I've ever done" which was obvious from her interactions with her students. She was motivation and inspiration for her students and colleagues. As a community, we are supporting one another as we mourn her death. She was a friend, colleague and neighbor over the years, and I will certainly miss her." Schultz is also credited with leading a class action discrimination suit against NBC and all of its affiliates in 1971 to attain equal opportunity and equal pay for women. The suit was eventually settled in the 1970s. She also worked as a researcher and on-air reporter for an NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C. Proceeded in death by her parents, Harry and Juanita Schultz. Marilyn is survived by her two sisters, Sandra Moberly (Bloomington, IN) and Cheryl Grove (San Diego, CA), one niece Wendy Irvine (Chicago, IL), four nephews Matt Grove (San Diego, CA), Justin Grove (Austin, TX), Garrett Grove (Sunnyvale, CA), and Charles Weddle (Indianapolis, IN); and, two great nephews Charlie and Grant Irvine (Chicago, IL). A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Edward's University, 3001 South Congress Ave. A reception will follow in the Maloney Room at St. Edward's University.
Published by Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 13, 2010.