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Charles Cutler

March 10, 2021

Charles Cutler, age 72, of Framingham, MA  passed away on March 2, 2021.

Charles was talented, intelligent, friendly and a hard worker. After graduating from Pratt Institute with a degree in architecture, Charles worked in facility planning at Beth Israel Hospital, MIT, the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts. He was an artistic person, who saw beauty and design in everything. Charles loved exploring the city and new places, whether in person or on travel channels.

Charles is survived by his loving parents, Isadore and Phyllis Cutler, sister Linda Landsberg and brother Stephen Cutler. Other surviving family members are Ben Landsberg and wife, Sadye Sagov, Sam Landsberg, Elana Beatus and husband Jesse Beatus, great nephew Myles Beatus and Bonnie Cutler. Charles was predeceased by his niece Arielle Landsberg. He was supported and loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

Donations in Charles’ memory may be made to MetroWest Jewish Family Services, 475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham, MA 01702.

Carl J. Shapiro

March 9, 2021

In life, Carl J. Shapiro found his strength in his love for family and in his passion for business, and with his success, he embraced a responsibility and a desire to help others less fortunate.

He passed away at his Boston home on  Sunday, March 7, 2021 at the age of 108.

He leaves a legacy that underscores his lifelong commitment to civic, educational, cultural and health care institutions in the communities of Boston, Massachusetts and Palm Beach, Florida where he resided.

Mr. Shapiro was born in Boston, MA on February 15, 1913.  He was the only son and the second of three children of Annie Skurnick and Aaron Shapiro, and devoted brother to the late Selma Shapiro and the late Eileen Kommit. His story mirrors the pages of a Horatio Alger novel. Mr. Shapiro left Boston University during the Depression to work for his father in the coat manufacturing business in Boston, MA.In 1939, Carl transformed it into the women’s dress company known as Kay Windsor (The Look You Love).

The years leading up to and including World War II proved difficult for Mr. Shapiro’s business because fabric was in short supply due to the needs of the country to manufacture uniforms and other war-related items. This period speaks to Mr. Shapiro’s resilience. With his captivating sense of humor and the capacity to approach life with a “glass half full” philosophy, he met life’s challenges with determination, optimism and infinite hard work. He nurtured the business and after the war, success returned as he expanded his manufacturing efforts into the cotton and wool knit arenas.  He became known as ‘the Cotton King’ for bringing inexpensive cotton dresses into every woman’s closet.  In 1971, at the age of 58,  he sold Kay Windsor to the Vanity Fair Corporation. He stayed with VFC for five more years.

Business was his pleasure, but his family was his love and always came first. Carl met his wife Ruth Gordon on a blind date in Nantasket Beach, MA. He convinced her to cancel plans with a rival beau, and married her in 1939.  They were married for 73 years until she passed away in 2012 at the age of 95. They had three daughters:  the late Rhonda (Zinner), Ellen (Jaffe) and Linda (Waintrup).

He brought the lessons he learned at work home to his family. He shared with his daughters the importance of education, hard work and the ability to distinguish what he referred to as “The majors from the minors” and told them that most of life’s challenges fall in the latter category.  Family, for Carl, was the cornerstone of his life. He wanted to be an example for his daughters and demonstrated by calling his parents every night, visiting weekly with his family in tow, attending to their financial, emotional and health–related needs.

He enjoyed teaching his daughters his values and emphasized the importance of helping others; what he had earned in business, he believed, should  be shared to help those in need.  When Mr. Shapiro stepped aside from his day to day business, he turned his attention to two of his favorite projects:  The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation and his investment strategy.

Mr. Shapiro was a savvy investor in the traditional aspects of the market, in stocks, bonds and commodities.  He achieved a great deal of success. But, it was the investment world that decades later, would open a heartbreaking chapter in his life.

Mr. Shapiro first met Bernard Madoff in the 1960’s.  Mr. Shapiro believed in entrepreneurship and wanted to help young Madoff start his investment business and watched as it flourished through the years. Carl was stunned, along with the rest of the world, when he first heard the news in December of 2008, about Mr. Madoff’s illegal activities.

Mr. Madoff had been a friend through the years and this admission was devastating to Mr. Shapiro.  However, even in the wake of the financial loss due to the Madoff scandal, Mr. Shapiro insisted that the Shapiro Family Foundation continue with its mission of supporting organizations in need.

Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro started their Family Foundation in 1961. In the early years, the groups that received donations were ones with whom they felt a close connection and had developed personal relationships.  One of the first major gifts went to Brandeis University, because of their close ties to the school.  Similar relationships inspired giving to most of Boston’s major medical institutions, the Children’s Museum of Boston, The U.S Holocaust Museum, Hebrew Senior Life and several cultural and health organizations in Palm Beach, The Kravis Center and The Norton Museum.  Mrs. Shapiro’s long-standing love of music and art provided the impetus for early gifts to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Museum of Fine Arts.

Today, the Foundation rests in the hands of the next generation of Shapiros.  Where once Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro sat around the kitchen table to decide where they would like their donations to go, now the family considers a more strategic approach in determining how best to allocate existing funds. While Carl particularly enjoyed working on large capital grants, he was also committed to supporting a wide range of community-based non-profits. In the past ten years, the Foundation has made about $10 million to 149 organizations community-based organizations in such areas as disability inclusion, youth arts and empowerment.

Through the years Carl was a hands-on partner with all the organizations he supported, and he never hesitated to offer his opinion which was accompanied by his exceptionally high standards. Carl was known for poring over architectural plans, participating in many ‘hard-hat’ visits, consulting with the groups who would occupy a building, and making innumerable suggestions to improve the project.  He would say that no detail is insignificant, from the size of the patient rooms to the art on the walls, which he believed strongly was good for patient morale.

His family says it was never just the building that interested him; instead it was the way a structure could further enhance the mission of an organization. When Mr. Shapiro decided to fund the Science Center at Brandeis, he did so because he believed the only way to attract and retain top scientists and students was to help provide the most state-of-the-art facility.

His late daughter, Ronny, once asked him what he thought about his name prominently displayed on several public buildings in Boston.  Mr. Shapiro replied, “It’s not for me; it’s for the family.  Years from now when mother and I are not here, I want our grandchildren and future generations of our family to have a sense of pride in knowing that we cared about our community and helped where we could.”

While Mr. Shapiro may be known for supporting several large brick and mortar projects, he also held a steadfast commitment to and felt an affinity with those who struggle with a disability. While he took interest in all the Foundation’s initiatives, the ones that address the various technological and educational needs of the disabled held a special place for him. He wanted to support those groups that struggled to have a voice in the world and the people he feared would fall through the cracks.

While a generous philanthropist at his core, his heart belonged to his family.  He was a beloved husband and cherished father, grandfather to seven, great-grandfather to ten and trusted friend.  His life is a testament to the philosophy that family comes first.  His children and grandchildren would call or arrive on his doorstep from all over the world to consult him, report good news or bad and ask advice.

He was a man who was known for giving so much to so many and for a generosity that knew few bounds.  He also had an endless curiosity about others.  Family members relish in telling stories about going to dinner and by the end of the meal, Mr. Shapiro would know the life history and future plans of the restaurant staff.

Carl was a champion of the underdog.  He cared for the person who overcame adversity; the person who understood life’s struggles and who could persevere despite great odds. His late daughter, Ronny, recalled her father through words from the Book of Luke “Those to whom much is given, much is expected”.  He lived his life according to that mandate and taught his family to do the same. Ronny always said “My sisters and I are infinitely proud to be his daughters.”

He is survived by his daughters Ellen S Jaffe (Robert) of Palm Beach, Linda S Waintrup (Daniel) of Brookline;  his son in-law  Michael Zinner;  his grandchildren Jennifer Herman (Mark), Jonathan Segal, Steven Jaffe (Jenna), Michael Jaffe, Andrew Jaffe (Allyson), Samantha Hanman(Jonathan), Kimberly Strauss; and his great-grandchildren Ashley, Zachary, Alexandra Herman; Rebekah, Oliver, Bowie, Seneca, Archer Jaffe; Penelope and Eloise Hanman.

Due to the pandemic, funeral services for Mr. Shapiro will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brandeis University (Institutional Advancement Division; 415 South Street, MS126, Waltham, MA 02453) or to Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116).

Wren Ross

March 4, 2021

“The most important thing I can teach you about voice acting is…to have a good time. People who enjoy what they do are often successful, whereas people who try to be successful do not have a good time.” That was the first thing Wren Ross taught a new class or private student.

Wren Ross, 67, passed away peacefully from metastatic breast cancer on March 4, 2021 survived by her beloved wife, soulmate, and partner of 27 years, Daena Giardella as well as hundreds of students whose lives were changed by her insightful teaching. Wren was a teacher who brought out the strength of each person and many of her students went on to enjoy fulfilling careers in acting and communication.

Wren’s life was inspired by creativity. She was a singer, actor, teacher and writer. Wren studied voice and acting at Boston University and then went on to forge a successful career as a commercial actor and voice artist. She’s recorded hundreds of commercials, documentaries, training videos as well as special exhibits in many museums. Her voice is heard at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Wren auditioned for the Boston University music department and received a personal letter of acceptance and a scholarship the next day. She got her BFA and went on to perform many outstanding roles across New England. She also founded a theater company called “The Muse” which performed the literature and non-fiction of women writers at theatres, prisons, senior centers and libraries.

Wren did research into the music of the camps and ghettos during the Holocaust. She felt that the songs and stories she performed in Yiddish kept the voices alive. She sang the program for many audiences including survivor groups.

An avid knitter, Wren designed garments for many major yarn companies and her beautiful work was published in popular Yarn magazines. She created a CD of song parodies about the trials and triumphs of knitting that she called “Wren’s Greatest Knits,” which became so popular she was invited to sing the songs in a show she called “Singing With Every Fiber” for yarn festivals and gatherings across the country.

Daena introduced Wren to the beauty of the red rocks and big blue sky of the Southwest, and it changed her forever. They journeyed together through the Canyonlands of Utah and Wren was most at home in Taos, New Mexico. Wren resonated deeply with what the painter Georgia O’Keefe said about New Mexico when she first visited: “I loved it immediately. From then on, I was always on my way back.”

Wren and her beloved wife and partner Daena Giardella co- authored a book about the creative process called “Changing Patterns: Discovering the Fabric of Your Creativity,” which was published by Hay House.

Wren wanted to leave you with a line from a favorite Mary Oliver poem “When Death Comes:”

When it’s over, I want to say all my life

I was a bride married to amazement

 I was a bridegroom taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder If I have made of my life something particular, and real. 

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. 

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private Memorial Offering via Zoom will be held. After all the social distancing restrictions are lifted, we hope to schedule an in-person celebration of Wren’s life.

In lieu of flowers, Ms. Ross has requested donations in her honor be made to ICIC, an organization that drives inclusive economic prosperity (http://bit.ly/wrenrossmemorial) and Howard University in support of student scholarships (https://giving.howard.edu/givenow) to fulfill her wish for “tikkun olam one at a time,” which translates to “repairing the world one at a time.” Please include “In memory of Wren Ross” in the comment section.

Phyllis Yaffe

March 4, 2021

Yaffe, Phyllis (Taymore) age 77, of Dedham, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 4, 2021.  Phyllis was the beloved daughter of the late Dorothy and Maynard Taymore.  She was predeceased by her sister and brothers-in-law Roberta (Bobbi) and Edward Lander and Roger Fox and survived by her sister Susan.  She is also survived by her husband of many years and best friend Warren Yaffe of Maynard.  Phyllis was adored by her three children and their families including Alisa Bolton and her fiancé Steven Arboch of Ashland; Esta and Jeff Singer of Holden, and Michael and Leslyn Yaffe of South Orange, NJ.  She was a devoted grandmother to Megan, Ashley, Lila, Toby and Marc.  She was aunt Phyl to many, including Scott, Caryn, Steven, Heidi, David and their families.

Other dear loved ones include the late Paul Trowbridge, Oscar Obrego as well as Buchi and Mercy Agbakwue and their sons Super and Josh.  They have cared for each other as family members.

Phyllis grew up in Brookline and raised her family in Needham.  She always welcomed friends into her life, home and heart.  She loved spending time together with family and friends creating lifelong treasured memories.

A private family funeral will be held graveside Sunday March 7th at 4:00pm and will be livestreamed for friends and family. A link to see the service can be found here.

A celebration of her life will be held up the country over the summer.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Buddy Dog Humane Society Inc. in Phyllis’ memory.  Please share a warm memory with a loved one and enjoy a treat in Phyllis’ honor.

Sumner Geller

March 2, 2021

Sumner Geller, of Wellesley, Massachusetts peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 after a brief battle with cancer.

Sumner was the beloved husband of Carol (Niss) Geller and loving father to Lisa Geller of Bath, Maine and Tracey (Geller) and her husband Jay Greenberg of Ashland, Massachusetts.  He was the proud “papa” of Rachel and Adam Greenberg of Ashland, Massachusetts.  He was the brother of the late Thelma (Geller) and her husband Burton Rubenstein and Albert and his wife Rosalyn Geller, and brother-in-law of Stephen and Roberta (Bobbi) Niss.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Sumner was born on November 15, 1932 in Waltham, Massachusetts to the late Louis and Dora (Goodman) Geller.  His family adored hearing his stories of growing up in West Newton, Massachusetts and working at his father’s meat market on Prospect Street in Waltham.  He loved his family, his friends who were like family, his grand-dog Sadie, history, politics, his breakfast club at Captain Marden in Wellesley, and all Boston sports teams.

Services will be private.  Donations in his memory may be made to the hospice organization Good Shepherd Community Care, 160 Wells Avenue, Newton, Massachusetts 02459.

Alan Miller

March 1, 2021

Alan Miller, of Weymouth, MA, passed away March 1, 2021. Dear son of the late Myer and Leah (Geron) Miller. Graveside service at Stepiner Cemetery, 776 Baker St., West Roxbury, MA.

Marvin Allan Covitz

February 27, 2021

Marvin Allan Covitz- of Marlboro, MA, on February  27,2021. Beloved son of the late David and Ruth E. Covitz.

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Dr. Robert K. Rosenthal MD

February 25, 2021

Dr. Robert K. Rosenthal

Devoted and respected physician at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Of Brookline, Lenox and Sarasota, FL, on February 25, 2021.Beloved husband of Esther (Zamore) Rosenthal. Devoted father of Geoffrey and his wife Lucy Guo, Emily Moses and her husband Eric, Jocelyn Rosenthal and her husband Steven Richardson. Dear grandfather of Lia and Jeremy Moses. Dear brother of Leonard J. Rosenthal and his wife Nancy. He was a proud and grateful graduate and supporter of Tufts University School of Medicine.

After completing his training at New York City’s The Hospital for Special Surgery in pediatric orthopedic surgery, he returned to Boston to begin a very gratifying professional career that spanned 45 years at Boston Children’s Hospital where he specialized in treating patients with cerebral palsy and other special needs conditions.  During that time he took care of thousands of children and their families, many from other countries, and was able to follow and help these patients for decades into their young adulthoods.  In his capacity as a member of Harvard Medical School, he helped train hundreds of students, interns, residents and Fellows which gave him great satisfaction in watching the development of future physicians, some of whom eventually joined him at Children’s.

He belonged to the main orthopedic and pediatric orthopedic Associations but his primary affiliation was with the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine where he served as Chair of several committees, Treasurer, Vice President and President. Following his term as President he remained active as a member of the Past Presidents group.

As a 40-plus year member of Temple Israel, he served on several committees and was active in the Brotherhood.  During the time he was President, the Brotherhood helped launch the Passport to Israel program.

His personal interests and activities were gardening and all aspects of investing.   His passion for the companies he invested in was obvious to all who knew him.  He was always ready to share what he knew and felt would be helpful to others.   Together with his wife, Esther, the most cherished interests and activities centered on the arts, especially music and theater.   Over the years, he served several terms on the Board of the Celebrity Series of Boston.  Summers in the Berkshires offered opportunities to be active in support of Tanglewood and Shakespeare & Company.  For the last 10 years he served on the Board of Barrington Stage Company where he dedicated much time, enthusiasm and other support.

While all his many professional and personal achievements were important, at the top of the list was his family.  He loved and was so proud of his children and the wonderful people they are.  He loved his children-in-law as they came into the family as well as two extraordinary grandchildren with whom he has created many good memories.  The family shares all the years of common experiences that will give us enduring memories of him.

During their 60 years of marriage, he and Esther have made so many wonderful friends, many over more than a half-century, some more recent.   His family is grateful and appreciative for these friendships and all the love and support received during his last difficult weeks.

Services are private. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Tufts School of  Medicine,136 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02111 or Sarasota Memorial Hospital,1700 E. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239.

 

Max Knoff

February 24, 2021

KNOFF-Max, 95, of Sharon, MA. passed peacefully in his sleep on February 21, 2021.

Beloved husband of the late Bertha “Terry” (Shapiro) Knoff. Loving father of Ellen Kawadler and husband Arnold Kawadler of Sharon, MA; Howard Knoff and wife Julianna Fawcett of Little Rock, Arkansas; Josef Knoff and wife Judy Knoff of Enosburg Falls, VT; Deborah Arsenault and husband Gary Arsenault Sr. of Westminster, MA.

Proud grandfather of Jaeson Kawadler and Matthew Kawadler; Jesse Knoff and David Knoff; Kristen Knoff, Ben Knoff, and Kaitlin Knoff; Carson Riley, Shaina Riley, and Joelle Riley and step grandchildren Sara Demianenko, Adam Gleason and Kendra King.

Esteemed great-grandfather of Mason Kawadler and Dennison Kawadler; and Estelle Knoff.

Loving brother of the late Lillian Annis (and husband Morris), Leo Knoff (and wife Helen), and Milton Knoff (and wife Rowena).

He was born in Boston on March 13, 1925 to Rebecca and Charles Knoff of Allston. A first generation American and graduate of the Boston Latin School, Max was a United States Navy Veteran having served his country for two tours of duty during World War II and the Korean War. He spoke fondly of his time in the service as a Dental Assistant stationed in Washington, DC and Newport, RI. He even played on their very successful softball team with Stan Musial–famous St. Louis Cardinal ballplayer.

He met his beloved partner of sixty years, the late Bertha “Terry” (Shapiro) Knoff, while she was in nursing school.   Because marriage was not allowed while in school, they eloped to NH where they married in September of 1947. A formal wedding occurred later on February 13, 1949.

Working in the shoe manufacturing business as a Superintendent in charge of numerous factories across Eastern Massachusetts, he spent most of his career at Marlboro Footwear before becoming a Manufacturing Consultant for many years in China for Brown Shoe and Reebok.

Max raised his family in Newton, MA and later in Framingham, MA. He personified a strong work ethic making a career in the shoe industry. Max welcomed his children to spend time on school breaks and work in the shoe factory in Marlboro, while he instilled the value of higher education. Max had a special gift where he understood that to manage a work force, you simply needed to show respect to others and not ask others to do anything that you would not be willing to do. This ideology of never putting yourself above others won him respect and admiration amongst coworkers and furthered his career overseas to China where he continued to be a tremendous leader demonstrating that a caring heart can overcome any language barrier.

Max loved his time living in Taiwan and working in China, as well as a special trip that he took with Terry to London, Paris, and Rome in the Winter of 1972. He was a self-taught genius in house construction and renovation. And he enjoyed his summers “puttering around” numerous summer camps in Maine and New Hampshire that his children attended while growing up—compliments of Terry who was the Camp Nurse.

Outside of work, Max loved animals and had several beloved pets of all kinds including ducks, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, and a raccoon. He loved the Boston Red Sox whom he followed faithfully and also enjoyed opera especially Pavarotti, and the Three Tenors and listening to the symphony.

Max was a trusted brother, respected father, and loving grandfather and great-grandfather who was quick to playfully tease them on one hand, while equally quick to encourage and support their educations on the other.

Services will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Dr. Gerald E. Schumacher

February 21, 2021

Dr. Gerald E. Schumacher, 83, of Wellesley, died on February 20, 2021,  after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Known fondly to all as Jerry, Schumacher is survived by his wife of 54 years, Florence Steinberg Schumacher, and his children: Paul Schumacher, Winter Bonnin and her husband John, David Schumacher, his late son Evan Schumacher’s wife Suzanne Schumacher; grandchildren Jamie, Luke, Jake, Sari, and Sophie Schumacher, Alex and Zack Bonnin, Jeremy Snider and his wife Katie; and two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Ethan Snider. He is also survived by his brother, Larry Schumacher, several nephews and a large extended family.

A giant in the field of pharmacy education, Schumacher was a distinguished professor at Northeastern University for more than 30 years, including serving as Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health. He was a trailblazer in pharmacy education, authoring a textbook, numerous book chapters, and hundreds of scholarly articles and clinical presentations. An annual award in his name is given to a professor at Northeastern showing significant contributions to the field.  He is remembered for his tireless scholarship and teaching, as well as his trademark understated wit and kind nature.

Jerry Schumacher was born on May 24, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan. He was the older son of Alex and Frances Schumacher. Shortly after his birth, the family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, where his father owned a drugstore. He spent many hours in the store, developing at an early age a lifelong interest in the field of pharmacy. As a teenager, Schumacher’s family relocated to Los Angeles. There he developed a passion for music, a talent he nurtured over the years to become a professional jazz saxophone and clarinet player.

Dr. Schumacher attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California where he graduated from the School of Pharmacy with a PharmD.  In college, the multi-talented Schumacher studied hard, played in the USC marching band, and supported himself playing jazz gigs and ghostwriting stories for published authors. After he graduated, he worked in the UCLA pharmacy, rising to senior manufacturing pharmacist. It was here that he met Florence Steinberg, a UCLA sophomore. They were married in 1966.

That same year, Schumacher accepted a teaching position at the University of Toledo, beginning an outstanding academic career. During this time, Schumacher’s prodigious capacity for scholarship and hard work was on full display. In addition to his full-time teaching responsibilities, Schumacher pursued his Ph.D. from Wayne State University, commuting 75 miles each way—all while starting a family. In 1969, son, Evan was born, followed by David in 1971. Jerry also had two children, Paul and Winter, from a prior marriage to Marti Stark Thompson.

In 1972,  Jerry achieved his doctorate from Wayne State University School of Pharmacy, and the college immediately offered him a professorship. By 1976, he was promoted to Deputy Dean of the college. By this point, Schumacher was establishing a reputation as a trailblazer in the field of clinical pharmacy. Schumacher believed passionately that pharmacists should not merely fill prescriptions, but they should also serve as active members of a patient’s clinical team, assisting patients by helping physicians choosing the most effective medication for their ailments.

In 1978, Northeastern University recruited Dr. Schumacher to Boston to serve as Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health. Jerry taught at Northeastern for 30 years, retiring in 2008 as professor emeritus. He educated thousands of pharmacists and produced an impressive body of scholarship. Schumacher authored a textbook, “Therapeutic Drug Monitoring,” in addition to hundreds of book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and clinical presentations.

Among his many awards and honors, Jerry was elected as the president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Along with his longtime colleague Judith Barr, he established the National Education and Research Center for Outcome Assessment in Health Care at Northeastern. His contributions to the field of  pharmacy were widely recognized over the years, receiving numerous awards, including the honor of distinguished alumnus from both USC and Wayne State. In perhaps his crowning achievement, in 1999 he was recognized by AACP for Outstanding Achievement and Contributions to Pharmaceutical Education. Notwithstanding this recognition, Schumacher always derived the greatest professional satisfaction from teaching. He taught a full course load during his entire tenure at Northeastern, and he believed in challenging his students—always with a dose of humor. In the words of a colleague:

“If I were to identify one word that best typifies Jerry Schumacher, it has to be the word excellence. He sets the highest standards for himself in everything he does. You can guarantee that if he is asked to speak on some subject in his field or on a topic of which he knows little about, he is going to thoroughly research that area and give you the best synopsis on the issue in that field that you’ve ever heard.”

The Schumachers and their beloved lab, Tippy, lived in Needham for 30 years before Jerry and his wife moved to Wellesley in 2008.

In 2007, at age 70, Jerry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. While his condition was manageable at first, it hastened his retirement from Northeastern. He spent his remaining 13 years with his beloved wife Florence and their extended family. He was a rabid sports fan, cheering on his beloved Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Northeastern Huskies, USC Trojans, and Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was also a lifelong aficionado of jazz, art, and enjoyed reading mysteries. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, such as watching his grandson Jamie’s baseball games and Luke’s theatrical performances. Schumacher had a special bond with his son, Evan, who died at age 46 from cholangiocarcinoma five years ago.

Gerald Schumacher is remembered as a Renaissance man who left a tremendous legacy in the field of pharmacy education where he devoted his many talents during a prestigious career.

Due to the pandemic, the funeral service will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Jerry’s name may be made to: The Gerald Schumacher Pharmacy Faculty Award Fund, Development Office,   Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

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