Death of a Classmate - William Harry Schulden - 15th Co.

Commander William Harry Schulden USNR (Ret) died peacefully on 26 June 2017 due to heart failure.  He was 87 years old. 

 A native of New York, NY, “Dutch” graduated from Haaren High School in 1947 and enlisted in the Navy after graduation.  He was selected and assigned to the Naval Academy Preparatory School, successfully passed the highly competitive examination, and was appointed to the Naval Academy by the Secretary of the Navy.  Dutch was a member of the 15th Company and lived in the Second Wing of Bancroft Hall. On graduation, he was assigned to the Navy Supply Corps with instruction at the Navy Supply School in Athens, Georgia.   Dutch’s first duty assignment was aboard the USS Ashland (LSD-1), followed by duty on the USS Greenwood (DE-679).  In 1956 he received orders for duty back at the Naval Academy as an instructor in the Department of Marine Engineering.  In 1958 Dutch resigned his active duty commission and became a permanent civilian member of the faculty as a professor in the Department of Marine Engineering.  He continued to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of Commander.  He remained a professor at the Academy for a total of 34 years; retiring in 1990.  A proud and dedicated professor, Dutch loved his work teaching midshipmen and helping to train the next generation of naval officers.  After retirement, Dutch continued to serve as a tutor for midshipmen and for other students in the community.  His ready smile and helping hand were well known to all.

Dutch was predeceased earlier in 2017 by his devoted wife of 49 years, Dolores (Dee) Schulden, originally of Pittston, PA.  He is survived by his five children: Louise, William, Jim, Dianne, and Jeff; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Friends described him as warm, friendly, engaging, and generous.  During his life, he was an avid racquetball and softball player, adored professor and tutor, and lover of classic old movies.  In later years, his favorite pastime was playing bridge, with friends and with his best partner, his wife Dee.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, caring grandparent, and proud Naval Academy alumnus and professor.  His spirit, his love, and his warmth will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.  

An inurnment memorial service will be held for Dutch at the Naval Academy columbarium on Friday, September 29th at 11am.  All are welcome.  

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