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In Memory of Fred Schultz

It is always a heavy moment losing someone who had devoted a portion of his life to the success of the college. Our hearts go out to the Schultz family, as we are saddened to hear about the passing of longtime Life West employee, Fred Schultz. He is survived by his wife, Rita Harrington.

“Fred lost his battle with pancreatic cancer after 14 months of treatment with all the latest advances. He would want me to say thanks to all his family and friends for their kindnesses, good wishes and prayers. Fred was a special person, outgoing, happy, kind, sharing, intelligent, and interested in everyone and everything. He was my soul mate and best friend. I’ll miss him always. Thirty-five years together was not enough. Thank you for the many kind words of condolences.” – Rita Harrington, Fred’s wife

Throughout his tenure at Life West, from 1986 – 2010, Fred had made many lasting memories with the Life West Tribe. We thank Fred for his years of excellence and service to Life West. We appreciate him dearly and send love and support to his family.

Here are a few Life West stories from those who have precious memories with Fred:

“I have such fond memories of Fred. His grace in his tuxedo, his beautiful voice, gentle demeanor and love for Life West and life in general. I would like to honor him and his time at Life West. My heart is heavy as the college and world lost a great man in Fred Shultz.” – Dr. Ron Oberstein, President

“Fred was one of the most pleasant and intelligent conversationalists I knew. We golfed together for years and our 5-mile travels on the course were always filled with meaningful chatter about a wide range of subjects. Fred was a laid-back golfer who never worried about his score and was often casually cleaning the mud out of the grooves in his club or repairing a shoe lace when it was his turn to tee off. As the Director of Institutional Advancement, he managed the annual Golf Classic and built it into the largest Northern California Chiropractic golfing event. His demeanor was friendly and casual and he became best friends with many of our employees, students and graduates. He was a kind and quiet man and will be missed.” – Dr. George Casey, Director of Special Projects

“I worked very closely with Fred Schultz on Life West Graduations for many years. Hosting a commencement is like hosting a wedding but you have 50 – 80 brides and grooms and their families to support. In the midst of the chaos, Fred was always calm, cool and collected as he gently reminded me it was going to be great! I appreciated our many conversations about life and especially, his guidance as I fulfilled my role at the college. I will always remember how classy and great he looked in his tux as MC of many Life West events over the years. He had a special connection with students, faculty, staff and our alumni. He made extra effort to stay in touch even after he retired and moved to Mexico. I would often get notes and messages of encouragement from him. Definitely a class act!” – Jackie Biron, Director of Student Life

“Besides being in the office next to me, Fred was actually the first person who knew I was engaged to my wife Ginger. We used to have the graduation dinners at Scott’s Seafood in Jack London Square, which was hosted by Dr. Clum and with Fred as the MC. I used to organize the logistics of the event. I decided to propose to Ginger after one of the dinners. After I took her outside and proposed, we came back in and the only people left were Fred and a graduating senior. I remember Ginger flashing the ring to Fred and he congratulated us, so Fred will always have a special place in my memories.” – Michael Hurschmann, Executive Assistant

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Fred Schultz. My heart goes out to Rita and the other members of his family. I am at a loss for words to express my emotions as I think back over the many years we spent as colleagues at Life West. He will be dearly missed.” – Jim Hawkins, Alumni Ambassador

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