Franklin J. Schultz, a retired University of Findlay administrator who for decades was influential in shaping the way students experienced campus life, died recently in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Schultz, who began working at UF in 1969, was responsible for several endeavors that involved planning and implementation of student services on campus, such as residence life programs, mental health and counseling services, and management of the Intensive English Language Institute.
University correspondence illustrates Schultz’s deep commitment to students during decades of political and social tumult. “I’ve enjoyed the interesting times, even including the sit-ins and student protests of the 70s,” he said in a message that announced his retirement as Vice President of Student Services.
A transcribed interview he gave in 2006 outlined some of his largest administrative challenges. “At the time of Kent State we had a terrible time on campus. Old Main was a sit-in, around the clock. Slept in Old Main for two nights,” he said, referring to the aftermath of the Kent State campus shootings by the Ohio National Guard that killed four in 1970. He admitted he “was sort of dancing in the dark with this whole thing (international recruitment),” but persisted with the conviction that students from abroad, while benefiting from an American education, also bring invaluable enrichment to their domestic counterparts.
“It’s been a privilege to serve and be a part of all the growth and change,” Schultz stated in his retirement announcement.
Below is Schultz’s obituary, written by James A. Dyal Funeral Home in Summerville, South Carolina:
Franklin J. Schultz
February 4, 1935 – July 4, 2017
Franklin J. Schultz, 82, of North Charleston, husband of Marilyn Coleson Schultz, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Trident Medical Center. Mr. Schultz was born February 4, 1935 in Grinnell, IA., son of the late Frank Carl Schultz and Mae Ralf Schultz. He attended the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charleston.
Frank had an illustrious fifty-year career in the field of education. The first ten years he taught secondary education. After receiving a Fellowship to pursue a Masters in Counseling, he became the Vice President for Student Affairs at Dakota Wesleyan University. While there he received an Internship to complete an advanced degree in Higher Education Administration and began a career as Vice President for International and Student Affairs at the University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio.
As Vice President for International Affairs he traveled abroad for over 30 years, developing international educational partnerships. After retirement he founded his own consulting firm, Educational Solutions International.
Frank was a loving father, grandfather, husband and loyal friend. He truly loved people, his career, and any opportunity to dance. He was known for his ability to make others laugh with his dry and sometimes dark sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Marilyn, two sons and one daughter: Franklin Sean David, Christopher Eric Coleson, Catherine Evelyn Mae Chastain, a daughter-in-law, Rebecca, a son-in-law, Edward, eight grandchildren: John, Sean, Hooper, Andrew, Jacob, Sam, Abigail, and Megan. Also surviving is a half-niece, LaRue Jackson. Preceding him in death are his parents and an infant daughter, Angelique.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Gathering on friday, July 7th from 2-3 o’clock at James A Dyal Funeral Home, Summerville, SC. A Memorial Service will follow in the Funeral Home’s Chapel. The Rev. William Michael Shelton will be presiding.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to SmileTrain, 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor, Attn: Team Empower, NY/NY 10010 or to The American Heart Association, 409 King St., Ste 300, Charleston, SC, 29403.
A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at www.jamesadyal.com.
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