Obituary: Dr Myron G. Schultz

Dr Myron G Schultz

It is with much sadness that we announce the loss of Dr Myron G. Schultz DVM, MD, DCMT, FACP, who passed away on Friday 19 February 2016 due to pulmonary hypertension, aged 81.

Dr Schultz was an award winning epidemiologist who began his career at Cornell University in the College of Agriculture and the College of Veterinary Medicine, followed by an M.D. degree at Albany Medical College, Union University.  He later joined the U.S. Public Health Service as an EIS officer at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

He studied for a Diploma in Clinical Medicine for the Tropics (DCMT) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where he won the Frederick Murgatroyd Award, which is awarded every year for best student of the year. Dr Schultz graduated from the School in 1967 and subsequently returned to the CDC as the Founder and Director of Parasitic Diseases in the Division of Epidemiology.

During his time at the School, Dr Schultz noted that he was influenced by three professors who later became his close friends. They were Dr Philip Marsden, who was a lecturer at the School and who taught Dr Schultz on the DCMT, Dr P.C.C. Garnham who lectured at the CDC, and Dr Leonard Bruce-Chwatt, who was Head of the Ross Institute at the School; Dr Schultz spent a short sabbatical under the tutelage of Professor Bruce-Chwatt in London in 1982.

Dr Schultz made a significant impact on public health throughout his career. His achievements include creating the Parasitic Disease Drug Service at the CDC, helping to identify the AIDS epidemic in the United States in 1981 via his detection of a cluster of pneumonia cases, and developing the Yellow Book (formerly known as the Health Information for International Travel brochure) to advise international travellers of the health risks. Additional he carried out over 100 epidemiology investigations, some of which were featured in journals such as the Lancet, and mentored and trained 30 Epidemic Service Intelligence Officers.

“Through his noble life’s work, his selfless giving and his being, may it be remembered that he did make a difference to help this world be a better, kinder, healthier place for peoples of this world.”: Selma Schultz, wife of Dr Schultz.

Dr Schultz was fond of the School and always spoke highly of his time here. He is survived by his wife Selma Schultz, their daughters, Naomi Mass and the late Malka Ida; their son, Dr. Joseph Schultz; a sister, Faith Zubaski; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Dr Schultz’s inspiring career was also shared in the New York Times, the Atlanta Jewish Times, and in an article and interview by the CDC.




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