Jeffrey Howard Schultz, 49, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday September 24, 2017, at his residence in Carbondale. He suffered a long illness caused by a rare genetic disorder that destroys the lungs, namely, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
Jeffrey was born April 27, 1968, in Carbondale, the son of Dr. J. Howard and Joy Windsor (Fidler) Schultz.
Jeffrey is survived by his mother Joy Schultz of Carbondale; an aunt, Ruth Abrams, of Holbrook, Mass., two cousins, Roy Abrams and Sally Haskell, and their children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father Dr. J. Howard Schultz and his younger brother Lawrence Mason Schultz.
Majoring in English Literature, he received a B.A. cum laude from the University of Chicago, followed by a M.A. also from the University of Chicago. Thereafter he attended law school and received a J.D. from Tulane University. Jeff was an excellent attorney, for example, persuading a very conservative federal Circuit Court of Appeals to make new, more liberal law en banc. But the kind of case he enjoyed most was one in which he could provide a better quality of life for a person severely injured by another through no fault of his or her own. In his free time he thoroughly enjoyed, history, politics, film, music, and literature. An animal lover, Jeff was kind, gentle, generous, and never mean-spirited. He was blessed with many, many wonderful friends.
In accord with Jeffrey’s wishes, his body will be cremated.
An event will be hosted by Kim Curlee, one of Jeff’s closest friends, to remember Jeff and to celebrate his love of music. It will be from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Plaza-Wuxtry Records, located at 816 E. Main St. in Carbondale.
Memorial contributions may be made to any animal welfare organization of the donor’s choice.