Thomas Jerome Schultz, 75, civil engineer, veteran

May 13, 2006|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER

Thomas Jerome Schultz, a retired civil engineer and founding member of a social club he began in his youth, died of melanoma of the brain Wednesday at his Woodlawn home. He was 75.

Mr. Schultz was born and raised in Highlandtown, and was known to family and friends as "Jerry" or "Rome."

"More than 60 years ago when he was a little boy, he and several other friends started VOLS Pleasure Club," said a daughter, Amy Elizabeth Schultz-Gregor of Mount Airy. "They played cards in Patterson Park and continued to meet once a year socially. A small group of the VOLS, including my dad, still meet monthly with their wives to play cards."

Mr. Schultz was a 1949 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served in Europe as an Air Force tail gunner with the 47th Bombardment Group during the Korean War years.

He later returned to Baltimore and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1964. He worked for several Baltimore engineering firms, including Baker-Wibberley & Associates and the Beavin Co., from which he retired in 1992.

During his career, Mr. Schultz worked on many major highway projects in the state, including the second Bay Bridge span, family members said.

A man of many interests, Mr. Schultz, a tenor, sang with the Severn Barbershop Chorus. He also headed the kitchen crew at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church in Woodlawn, preparing food for the St. Gabriel Miracle Players Dinner Theater. The church-based theater troupe performs shows twice a year.

"For those dinners he prepared chicken breasts with an orange sauce, pollock fish cooked in butter and lemon, pasta with a red sauce, and a salad and vegetable medley," his daughter said.

"Before he retired, he always cooked Sunday dinners, and we looked forward to them; and after he retired, he did all the cooking at home," she said.

Mr. Schultz was an accomplished needleworker and while recovering from a kidney transplant 18 years ago, made drapes for his home and re-covered chairs. He also enjoyed reupholstering and refinishing furniture.

He was an avid theatergoer who attended every production of Les Miserables -- his favorite show -- in Baltimore for the past decade. He was also an opera buff, and a week before his death attended a performance of the Baltimore Opera Company's production of Puccini's La Boheme with a daughter at the Lyric Opera House.

Mr. Schultz donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.

He was a communicant, lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, 6950 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn, where a memorial Mass will be offered at noon Monday.

Also surviving are his wife of 46 years, the former Patricia Alice Lloyd; two sons, David J. Schultz of Woodlawn and Paul J. Schultz of Annapolis; another daughter, Laurie Ann Schultz-Hynson of Reisterstown; three sisters, Margaret DiPasquale and Catherine Carneal, both of Bel Air, and Dorothy Gostomski of Rosedale; and seven grandchildren.

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