Robert Schultz, Professor at OSU Retires After 56 Years

Where does one begin to measure the impact and to thank a dedicated professor/mentor like Robert Schultz for 56 years of service at one institution? The video below is a great start.

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Robert Schultz Retires After 56 Years

Robert “Bob” Schultz, Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering recently retired after 56 years of teaching surveying at Oregon State University. First of all, thank you Bob for all that you accomplished, for your mentoring of thousands of students and for your dedication to the surveying profession.

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Bob a couple of times. Somehow we quickly figured out that we were both WPI Civil Engineering alums and that my mentor Frank Defalco and Bob were good friends.

I did a Google search and came across the following tribute. This explains a lot about the man,

A university such as WPI has seen many great athletes in well over a century of organized intercollegiate athletics, but very few have the distinction of earning 12 varsity letters for the Crimson and Gray. One member of the exclusive group is Bob Schultz.

Bob established himself in his hometown of Worcester well before his arrival on Boynton Hill. He was a three-sport, four-year standout at South High School and during his senior year received the Main South American Legion Post 341 Student Athlete Award.

Success followed him to WPI, where he was a valuable member of the football, basketball, and baseball teams. He enjoyed a particularly outstanding hard-nosed career in basketball, where as a senior, he captained the 1954-55 squad.

“A referee once told me he never had to worry about whistling a jump ball when Schultz went for a loose ball,” noted Hall of Fame coach Merl Norcross. “Schultz was always going to end up with the ball.”

Bob played a significant role on the undefeated 1954 football team. He teamed with Hank Nowick and George Strom to form a talented group of ends.

In WPI baseball, he anchored the middle of the lineup while playing left field during an era that saw a large hill in that terrain. During his senior year, the team won a school-best 10 games, a mark that stood for decades.

“Bob Schultz was the quintessential overachiever and hustler,” commented classmate and fellow Hall of Famer Pete Horstmann. “He was a player who gave 110 percent every practice, every game. He was highly respected by teammates and coaches alike as an ultimate team player. Bob was hard-nosed and tough all the way.”

Bob was also active in campus life. A member of Skull and Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, he graduated from WPI with a degree in civil engineering. After serving as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he returned to WPI to earn his master’s in civil engineering in 1960.

In 1962, Bob began a long and distinguished career as a professor of civil engineering at Oregon State University. It took him just eight years to move from assistant, to associate, to full professor-a position he still holds today. His fields of specialization include civil engineering, surveying and mapping, geodesy, photogrammetry, and boundary law. He has won countless prestigious academic awards, including the Moser Award, the Lloyd Carter Award, and the Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award.

He remains involved in athletics, currently in his 45th year of officiating Oregon High School football. A noted Oregon High basketball official for nearly two decades, he has officiated at six state championship games between the two sports. Bob was married in 1965 to Worcester native, Connie Galkowski; they have four children, Anne Marie, John, Georgeanne, and Mary-Jo..

If you knew Bob, perhaps you would like to leave a comment. I will be sure to share them with him.

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6 Responses to Robert Schultz, Professor at OSU Retires After 56 Years

  1. Rob McMillan says:

    I met Bob in 2007, and saw him again in 2009 at the Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society (SAGES) conference. What a kind and dedicated man! I am sure he has had an incredible impact on the land surveyors and civil engineers from the Pacific Northwest. Best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement! Rob McMillan, PLS CA

  2. Abdul Nurunnabi says:

    Sincere thanks and wish a happy healthy time ahead to such a great man, Prof Schultz, for sports, science, technology and above all for the human civilization. …

  3. Jessica Napier, SE says:

    18 years into my career and I still operate by his mantra: draw a sketch!

  4. I am reminded of Professor Schultz every day I come to work, because his signature, as President of the Board of Engineering Examiners graces my Engineering License, which hangs on the wall behind my desk. Thanks for everything Bob, and thanks for teaching us, “The Queen’s English” too.

  5. Richard Zabel says:

    Professor Schultz epitomized the excellence in education provided by Oregon State during my time there, nearly 30 years ago. The projects he used to introduce us to the civil engineering profession were inspiring. He showed young kids that we could actually design and build a road through the mountains. My surveying experience in his class allowed me to earn a survey teaching assistanceship for my Master’s Degree at Stanford. I’ve had a long, fulfilling career with Bechtel, constructing fascinating mega projects all around the world and can thank Professor Schultz and his colleagues at Oregon State for that. The video was great and it was nice to see some of those colleagues, Hal Pritchett, Bob Phelps and Dave Rogge, that contributed to the experience I look back at so fondly. Congratulations, Professor Schultz!

  6. Grant Zammit says:

    I periodically tell the story to my professional colleagues about “going to the field with my lab partner to find the green pin.”

    Twenty seven years later it brings a smile to my face when I remember to “draw a sketch and keep it neat…”;

    This attention to quality is something I have passed along to my daughter as she pursues her academic career in STEM.

    Thank you Professor!

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