Sunday, August 10, 2003


Melvin Schulman gave back to community

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer


Cincinnati businessman, community leader and philanthropist Melvin L. Schulman died of complications related to leukemia and Parkinson's Disease Saturday at the Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash.

The Amberley Village resident was 81.

Born in 1921 to Louis and Rose Schulman of Bond Hill, he graduated from Western Hills High School in 1939. After military service, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1947.

Mr. Schulman served as a medic with the 6th Army's 103rd Infantry Division in Europe in 1944-45 and participated in the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Nordwind in France and Belgium. He was awarded the Bronze Star after distinguishing himself at the Battle of Selestat in Alsace.

After college, he joined the family business, Food Specialties Co. in Reading, which manufactured Frisch's Tartar Sauce, for more than 50 years. Mr. Schulman, who never retired, was president and CEO.

In 1953, he married Zelma Sharff of Park Hills, Ky.

He was past president of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, chairman of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, chairman of the Jewish Welfare Fund, regional board member of the Anti-Defamation League. He was a member of the Board of Overseers at Hebrew Union College.

Mr. Schulman was trustee emeritus of UC's Foundation, served as president of UC's Alumni Association and an advisory board member of the UC Judaic Studies Program.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation from the Greater Cincinnati Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (now The National Conference for Community and Justice).

He was a past president of the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, a board member and officer of the Cincinnati Arts Association and the Cincinnati Opera.

Also a member of the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association of Cincinnati, he was honored in June by that organization for 50 years of service.

"My father had a great passion for serving the local and regional Jewish community and he believed highly in giving back to Cincinnati institutions of higher learning," said his son, Alan, of Washington D.C. "He was also an immense lover of music and the Cincinnati arts community."

His son said Mr. Schulman often said that serving his country in World War II was among his greatest achievements.

"He believed strongly in supporting his community, his faith and he believed that opened minds will open minds," his son said.

He said his father enjoyed boating, loved science and his grandchildren. He was a member of Congregation Beth Adam of Loveland and Isaac M. Wise Temple in Amberley Village.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 50 years; a sister, Phyllis Schulman Fine of Amberley Village; two other sons, Stuart of Madeira and H. Glenn of Napa, Calif; a daughter, Karen Schulman Bear, of Cynthiana, Ky; and nine grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Isaac M. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road, Amberley Village.

Memorials: Melvin Schulman Fund, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association of Cincinnati, 8212 Blue Ash Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236-1942 or the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.


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