Email Icon Facebook icon Twitter Icon GooglePlus Icon Contact

User Top Menu

Obituary: S. Charles Schulz, MD, 1946-2017

12 Oct 2017

S. Charles SchulzChuck Schulz, a great friend to SRF, died last week. While his biography below relates his clinical research and administrative work, everyone in the psychosis research community knows him as one of the forces behind the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, which he cofounded with Carol Tamminga. After the 2015 meeting, he and Carol turned the ICOSR over to the next generation (see SRF 2017 meeting reports).

Carol has sent this short tribute (see also Minneapolis Star-Tribune obituary), but we think that many of you have memories or thoughts about Chuck that you would like to share. Please do so in the comment space below.

S. Charles ("Chuck") Schulz, MD, aged 70, passed away at home on October 1, 2017 in the loving care of his wife Shannon and with the love of his daughter Lyndsey, stepdaughter Chelsea, and son Will.

Over a career spanning four decades, Chuck made formative contributions to and sustained a remarkable passion for advancing schizophrenia research. He had an unwavering compassion for patients and their families, and advanced teaching and mentorship to that end.

Chuck was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1946. He completed his undergraduate training at University of Southern California and his medical school and residency training in psychiatry at University of California Los Angeles. In 1977, Chuck began a clinical associateship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In 1980, Chuck moved to the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University where he established a Schizophrenia Program. In 1983, he was appointed Medical Director of the Schizophrenia Module at University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry. Chuck returned to the NIMH in 1986 to participate in the National Plan for Schizophrenia before moving to Cleveland to become Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University (1989-1999). He served a second, 16-year term as departmental chair and Hastings Endowed Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, a position he held until 2016 when he assumed Emeritus Professor while also working at PraireCare in Minneapolis.

Chuck had a productive career spanning four decades of dedicated work to patient care, family psychoeducation, research, advocacy of research in schizophrenia programs as well as teaching and mentorship. Although Chuck will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues, his body of work and his leadership will remain as a timeless source of inspiration to so many.


Submitted by Carol Tamminga on

Chuck's passing leaves a void in the field of schizophrenia research. His was such a genuine and lasting love of studying schizophrenia, which I saw from the time that we met as clinical fellows at NIH until his last Congress meeting in 2017, where I had to call him with meeting updates! He never disengaged from doing schizophrenia care or research even though his life became busy with administrative responsibilities. Our collaboration around the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research generated a setting where he worked hard to provide a marvelous forum for the best, the newest and the most innovative research. It was always Chuck's favorite time, where he met, talked and planned with researchers from around the world. He was keen on every good idea, advantaged young investigators at every step, and had endless enthusiasm for  the emerging science around schizophrenia. He leaves a legacy of care, commitment and contributions which I will always remember.  And many good stories from the International Congress!

Submitted by William Carpenter on

Chuck Schultz was a wonderful person who gave creatively and generously to those of us involved in the care and understanding of persons with schizophrenia and to those who suffer from this and related disorders. My almost 40 years in the field with him have been an uninterrupted pleasure. Most of all I appreciate the gift to the field that he and Carol Tamminga have provided with the ICOSR. Will miss his gentle spirit, robust ideas, and smooth humor. 

Submitted by Peter F. Buckley on

I, and my family, are forever indebted to Chuck for his kindness and support. Chuck was chair at Case Western Reserve University Department of Psychiatry and brought me and my wife Leonie to America in 1992, thus changing our lives and giving us great opportunity. Chuck was a lifelong friend and mentor to me and I know to many other colleagues. He was always supportive and took great pleasure in advancing others as part of his commitment to move the profession of psychiatry and schizophrenia research forward. Chuck was fun to be with and always a gracious host, most notable in his co-leadership of the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, itself a remarkable gift to the field from Chuck and his colleague and friend Carol.

I will sorely miss Chuck though I will always feel immensely grateful to have had the gift of his friendship and mentorship.

“A Dheis De Anam“

... an Irish farewell wish, which translates as ...

“May he rest at God’s right hand.”