Hopkins Grammar School
The Class of 1965
|Bob died on November 27, 2018.
Here is his obiturary from the New Haven Register:
Robert "Bob" Schulz, aged 70, died on Tuesday, November 27 after a tragic accident at his home. Bob was born in Bridgeport, CT March 24, 1948, son of the late Carl Robert Schulz and Evelyn Sherman Schulz. He is survived by his loving wife Stefany, children Philip, Christopher, and Ellen, sister Deborah, and grandchildren Lauren and Carson. Most recently a retired attorney, Bob had a professional life that included time as a chemical engineer, a maple syrup entrepreneur, and an enthusiastic dog sitter. He loved his family, National Parks, and Stefany's cherry pie. Bob never met a dog he didn't like.
Funeral services will be private and are in care of the Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob's memory can be made to the Woodbridge Dog Park Cooperative, 10 Timber Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525 or . Share a memory and sign Bob's guest book online at .
Click here to read Bob's own words about his life after HGS '65.
Words of remembrance from some classmates:
news. We've lost too many classmates too soon. Bob and I lead very
parallel lives after Hopkins, Cornell University, long-time Woodbridge
residents, kids in elementary school and Hopkins together, so our paths
frequently crossed. I was shocked to hear the news of his tragic death,
especially after having just been with him, and know he will be greatly
missed by all. My condolences to Stefany and the rest of his family.
pooled with Robby Schulz for 6 years coming from Trumbull. That
used to be the end of the world for Hopkins students but I guess now it
is fairly close. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed.
Thanks Tom Delaney in keeping us informed about our classmates.
Guys: Our circle gets even smaller but tighter as well. Dick Hutchinson
and I were blessed to have several beer and chat lunches over the years.
Best to all.
I appreciated Donna Vinci’s sending us Bob’s entry
in our 50th reunion class book, and was struck by Bob’s being bedeviled
by “errors in judgement”. Who among us didn’t have errors in judgement
back then? Frankly, I think it’s amazing any of us survives adolescence
given how impaired our judgement is at that age. I thought I was going
to get expelled when I kicked Doc Youman’s chair out from under him in
first or second form Latin class. I was extremely lucky not to have been
killed when I flipped a tractor one week before my 16th birthday. I
recall even Allen Sherk telling us, in one of our Friday assemblies,
about the time he hijacked a locomotive. So, I suspect Bob was in
excellent company with all of his classmates when it came to errors in
I am glad four [of you] had that last good time with Bob recently. He was a good guy.
Once again I find myself regretful that I'm not closer to New
Haven so as to attend the services, express my condolences, and catch up
This is just hard to take, coming so soon after our
MacDermott celebration on November 10 in New Haven. Bob was also on
Mac’s wrestling teams. He showed up wearing his letter sweater. It was
wonderful to reconnect. Braman
Just over three weeks ago , Bob and several
classmates of ours gathered on the Hopkins campus to celebrate the
coaching and teaching at Hopkins of Bill MacDermott , our Mr. Mac. In
addition to Bob , who was in great form and totally engaged in the
celebration , were classmates John Braman , Bill Mack and Dick
Hutchinson ; as well as alumni from other classes who played for Mr. Mac
,the Head of School , Kai Bynum , faculty emeriti and current coaches .
For me , it was the last time seeing Bob and I was very glad we had a
chance to catch up , as we had played soccer together for Ken Paul. My
best wishes to all and condolences to his family.
Very sorry to receive that news. My condolences to his family.
The outpouring of kind thoughts from many in our class has been moving.
I had called Bob just to chat only a few days before his death and all was well. He talked at some length about the pleasure he took in the the MacDermott event and the classmates he saw there.
My brother, who was a good friend of Bob’s, called the house on the 29th to set up a lunch, which was how I found out. Bob was a wonderful friend to my parents as well as my brother.
He will sorely be missed.
After graduating from Hopkins, Bob entered Cornell's College of Engineering. He pole vaulted for the freshman track team and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. After marrying a fellow Cornellian, Stefany Westgate, in 1970, he began working for Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. Assigned to a sales territory in southwest Ohio, Bob moved to Xenia, Ohio where he was a survivor of the devastating tornado of 1972.
In 1976 Bob came back to Connecticut to become operations manager for Nichols Engineering, a family business in Shelton. He moved to Woodbridge where he and his wife raised three children, Philip, Christopher and Ellen.The family business was sold in 1980 and after supervising the transition to new ownership, Bob began law school at the University of Bridgeport. Graduating with his J.D. and LL.M in taxation in 1987, he joined two other attorneys in Kensington, Connecticut to practice estate planning and estate administration. Bob has worked with clients of our classmates, Dick Hutchinson and Jim Waterman.
Bob's oldest son, Philip, attended Clemson University, majoring in Computer Science. Christopher "Topher" was the captain of Amity High School's hockey team and was an all-conference goalie. Topher attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston where he majored in Architecture and Construction Management. Bob's daughter, Ellen, graduated from Hopkins where she was consistently the top of her class academically and earned varsity letters in field hockey, softball and fencing. She was the captain of the fencing team and was Connecticut's individual state foil champion since her sophomore year. In 1997, she placed 5th in the Division III National Fencing Championships in California. She attended Harvard College.
|Remember Unit slips?
Here is one of Bob's, which he brought to the Karl Crawford Memorial in October, 2005.
An amazing artifact and ark of memories.
|This picture shows Bob (front left) at our 25th reunion with Rick Ross and Matt D'Alessio.|
|Bob's daughter Ellen (right) fences in a preliminary qualifying bout on her way to the National Championships (1997).|
|Bob's son, 'Topher,' in goal for Amity High School.|
|Bob and Bill Kneisel in a picture from out 39th mini-reunion in February, 2004. Bob is now a grandfather.|
|Here is Bob at our 50th Reunion in June, 2015|
|This note from Bob was sent to the webmaster in November 2006||Since my last website posting all of my kids have graduated from college and are employed.|
Philip lives in North Carolina, Topher in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and
Ellen in Boston. My wife and I now have two grandchildren, Lauren born
in August of 2003 and Carson born in April of 2006. Both are the
children of Topher and his wife, Maureen.
After practicing law since 1987 I gave up my license in 2005 to spend my time serving as fiduciary for various trusts and estates. I continue to prepare tax returns for individuals and entities. Being a trustee for 15 trusts and either executor or advisor for several estates has kept me busy.
My office is now in my home where the overhead is low. The summer of 2006 was well spent by replacing the roof on my house. Roofing is much less fun that I thought it would be. I completed the project in three months having to stop often because the back and knees are not as supple as they used to be. No leaks so far. The firewood is cut and split for this winter so I will be able to keep warm between snow plowing jobs. I bought a new tractor and plow and will be plowing driveways in the neighborhood.
Everyone here is healthy and I look forward to our next class get together whether it is a big reunion or just a few of us having a beer or two.
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