Dr. Robert Schultz, Georgia’s first pediatric endocrinologist, dies at 69

Georgia’s first pediatric endocrinologist, who treated countless patients with type 1 diabetes, has died. Dr. Robert Schultz was 69.

Schultz was diagnosed with liver cancer three weeks before he planned to retire from his practice, his family said. In 1978, he moved to Atlanta from New York to establish the diabetes program at Scottish Rite hospital.

Outside of work, Schultz’s passion was theater, and he performed in and directed numerous productions. He also founded the Atlanta Broadway Choir, which performs around the state.

“He spent his days at work and his evenings preparing music and being in shows,” daughter Jaime Schwartz said Sunday. “He knew what he loved and that’s what he pursued.”

Days before his death, dozens of members of the choir he founded arrived at his home for a personal performance, Schultz’s daughter, Schwartz said.

“We have one more performance this season, and it’s for you,” choir members told Schultz, who sang along from a wheelchair.

Schultz is survived by his wife, Karen, his mother, three children and their families, and six grandchildren. A graveside service will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Read more on the life of Dr. Robert Schultz on myajc.com.

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