Mary Anne Schulz passed away September 29, 2022 at her home. She was born January 15, 1938 in New Haven, and lived her entire life in this city she loved. Mary Anne worked for Yale University at Wright Nuclear Structure Lab (WNSL, now Wright Lab) for 46 years, where she fortuitously met her husband Steve. Mary Anne loved her job at WNSL and cared deeply for the people she worked with.
Peter Parker, professor Emeritus of physics and former director of WNSL, reflected , “Mary Anne and the Lab are nearly synonymous in my mind. She was there when I arrived in 1966. She was [D. Allan] Bromley’s right hand person; she knew everything about every non-physics aspect of the lab. She was also the ‘mother’ figure to many of the graduate students and junior faculty, offering sympathy and gentle advice. She never appeared flustered; ‘even’ is a good description of her temperament. She and I communicated as equals, acting as sounding boards for each other in regards to lab politics and personnel. She offered wise insights into personalities, and, despite her quiet demeanor, did not suffer fools lightly.”
Paula Farnsworth, senior administrative assistant at Wright Lab (and previously WNSL), said, “I wouldn’t be at Yale today if it weren’t for Mary Anne Schulz. She hired me from an outside temp agency to work for Dr. Bromley and Rick Casten while the regular office staff was away on her honeymoon. When the staff person returned, Mary Anne helped create a new position for me in the WNSL office because we worked so well together.”
The following is an excerpt from a book published to celebrate Yale milestones at the time she reached 45 years at Yale.
“Mary Anne has been a denizen of the Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory (WNSL) . . . for nearly all of her 45 years at Yale. Mary Anne was hired by the founder of WNSL, D. Allan Bromley, who went on to become science advisor for President George H.W. Bush. As Executive Assistant to the lab’s director, overseeing the daily operations of Yale’s accelerator facility for subatomic physics, Mary Anne has known several generations of the world’s leading nuclear scientists and many of the nation’s top political and policy leaders. She has impressed every one of them, as well as her colleagues, with her incredible sense of responsibility, organizational skill, friendly attitude (she likes everybody), sheer efficiency, and uncanny ability to ensure nothing ever falls through the cracks, from birthdays to deadlines.”
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