Robert S. Schultz, BSI ("The Gloria Scott") crossed over the Reichenbach on September, 7, 2006. Bob was a long-time contributor to the Baker Street Journal and an early attendee of the annual Baker Street Irregulars dinner.
His first contribution to the Journal was in the BSJ's infancy in the mid-1940s, and until his investiture in 2002, he hadn't attended a BSI dinner in over 50 years. Even in the midst of the January weather we've come to dread at the BSI weekends, Bob would venture down from Vermont (I suppose it was warmer, coming south) and, as a late octogenarian, navigate the streets of New York himself.
He was a gentle and kind man, soft spoken, yet rugged as any outdoorsman. He witnessed the BSI of old and the current BSI, contributing to the schloarship in both epochs. His efforts were not without merit: in 2002, his article Upon the Dating of Bloodstains was granted the Morley-Montgomery Award.
His obituary, courtesy of the Burlington Free Press:
ROBERT SPENCER SCHULTZ III - Robert Spencer Schultz lll, 89, of South Burlington, died Sept. 7, 2006, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Ripton. Born July 1, 1917, in LaSalle, Ill., he was the son of Robert Spencer Schultz II and Elizabeth Letts Schultz. He was a proud and loyal graduate of Williams College, Class of 1939. After graduation, he worked for Econometrics in New York City and then for the War Department in Washington, D.C. during World War II. He returned to NYC and Econometrics where he met his wife, Jane Stern Schultz. He spent most of his career as an economist for Union Bag (Camp) Paper Corporation. He later worked for Mackay Shields and served on the New York Council of Economic Advisors under Governor Hugh Cary. He taught briefly at Fordham University. In 1983, he and Jane retired to South Burlington.
Bob had numerous local involvements. He was a volunteer for Shelburne Farms, the Shelburne Museum and the Champlain Shakespeare Festival and was an active member of the Chittenden County Historical Society. The fellowship he found at All Saints Episcopal Church in South Burlington was extremely important to him as were his friends in The Goose Club of the Alpha Inn, a local Sherlock Holmes group. He was a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and a contributor to the Baker Street Journal. An avid outdoorsman, he loved hiking and skiing and shared this love with his family. He learned to ski while at Williams and by the early 1960s, he was a Mad River Glen diehard. He was very active in the Scarsdale Ski Club before moving to Vermont. He and Jane were longtime members of the Appalachian Mountain Club and Green Mountain Club and both were members of the AMC's "Four Thousand Footer Club."
Bob was predeceased by Jane, his wife of 59 years and the love of his life. He is survived by his three children and their families: a son, John Schultz and his wife Annette of Moretown; a daughter Barry (Barbara) King and her husband Warren of Ripton; a daughter Teddy (Edna) Ben Said and her husband Bechir of Lee, N.H.; and six grandchildren, Megan and Katie Schultz, Eliza and Amanda King and Azziza and Ramzi Ben Said. He was also predeceased by his brother Willard Jackson Schultz and is survived by his sister-inlaw, Margaret Wheaton Schultz; two nieces, a nephew and their families.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 14, at 3 p.m., in All Saints Episcopal Church, 1250 Spear St., S. Burlington. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to: All Saints Episcopal Church, 1250 Spear St., S. Burlington, Vt. 05403; or Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, Vt. 05753; or Mad River Glen Single Chair Campaign, P.O. Box 1089, Waitsfield, Vt. 05673.
I am very sorry to hear about Bob. I got to know him the last couple of years through the BSI weekend. His attendance at his age and frailty was an inspiration. He was a smart, funny, and gentle person. I will really miss seeing him in January.
- Andy Solberg
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