The world lost an exemplary man recently. James T. Schultz, a teacher and resident of Penn Hills, PA, passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2021, at the age of 64, at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, PA. Jim is survived by his wife Dorothy J. (Klinefelter) Schultz; his children: James T. (Shannon), Michelle M. (Michael) Isaak and Sarah A. Schultz; his grandchildren: James T. and Liam M. Schultz, Tristan M., Susanna C., Ryan J. and Nathaniel D. Isaak; his father Dr. Michael J. Schultz Jr.; his brothers and sister: Michael J., William J., Madeline C. and John E. Schultz. Jim was born in Indiana, PA, on September 13, 1956, to Michael Schultz and Marie (McMahon) Schultz. As a young man, Jim enjoyed camping with his family throughout America in their motorhome. Jim developed a life long interest in chemistry when given a chemistry set, as a Christmas gift. He managed to create quite a bit of mischief with that chemistry set! Jim was inseparable from his best friend, Dale Emery, during their school years. He graduated from Penn Hills Senior High School. Shortly afterwards he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy. After high school Jim worked in manufacturing at Union Switch and Signal, where he rose to being a production line supervisor. He and his wife welcomed two of their children, James and Michelle, into the world during this time. Later, Jim moved to production line supervisory positions at Mueller Valves in their foundry and finally at Peterbilt, in their Class 8 truck assembly factory. While at Peterbilt, he fell seriously ill to an unknown ailment. After many long months and with the help of a gifted physician, Jim finally recovered. He and Dorothy were blessed with their third child, Sarah during this time. Upon recovery, he decided to return to school to pursue his love of chemistry. The family moved back to Pittsburgh where Jim enrolled in bachelor of science program, at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, with dual majors in Chemistry and Physics. Jim continued his education, earning a master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. He also got his teaching credentials. Jim began teaching chemistry and physics at Penn Hill Senior High School where he stayed until his passing. He had a serious interest in computers, ending up as a cyber teacher for Penn Hills. Jim worked on a number of summer projects with University of Pittsburgh, including one which harnessed the power of thousands of individual personal computers to perform as if they were a super computer. In his spare time, he became an adjunct professor at Boyce Community College, teaching chemistry and the physical sciences. The combination of Jim’s personality, sense of humor and life experiences made him one of the most loved and respected teachers wherever he taught. To Jim, his family was everything, spending as much time with them as possible. He took special delight in his children. His insatiable curiosity drove him to tinker with nearly every machine he could get his hands on. Jim also loved dogs, a love which he inherited from his father and his grandfather. Although the phrase had not been coined yet, his grandfather was a “Dog Whisperer”. As child Jim watched his grandfather interact with his dogs with absolute admiration. Upon marrying Dorothy, he got his first one, a collie mix by the name of “Bad” Sheppy. Sheppy was not really bad but he was the most mischievous dog anybody had ever seen. Jim had dogs through his entire marriage. His current dog is a 100-pound, bundle of energy named Molly, a five year old female, Black Labrador Retriever. Jim Schultz made the world a much better place by his love of family and friends. He was also able to greatly enrich the lives of hundreds of students during his teaching career. Jim will be sorely missed!
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