Steven A. Schulman
educator, musician, chef and food-lover, passed away peacefully of a rare and relentless cancer at the age of 64. He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Weiner-Schulman; his brother, Jon (Monica Bentley) Schulman of Flagstaff, Arizona; sister, Sally (Lou) Franklin of Tucson and brother-in-law, Charles Weiner of Tucson. In his extended family he was Papa Steve to Katlyn and Carson Lewis; children of Rob and Tammy Lewis and Jake and Paige Dunham, children of Mack and Claire Dunham, all of Tucson. Steve was born March 4, 1949 in Tucson to Sy and Anita Schulman. He graduated from Rincon High School in 1967 and the University of Arizona in 1972. He received a master's degree from the University in Education and Administration. Steve's passions were his wife, music and good food and wine. These truly defined him. He was given the gift of music and in turn, he gave that gift to the countless students he taught and young people he mentored. Steve taught for more than 35 years in the Tucson Unified School District, reaching children when they were most receptive to the love of learning. He was a member of the first gifted education teaching team for elementary students. He served as a music resource teacher and a member of the TUSD Arts Team. Steve was a highly accomplished classical and Flamenco guitarist. He also served as a member of the U of A College of Fine Arts School of Music Advisory Board. He played in local bands throughout his life and was the heart and soul of the Temple Emanu-El Avanim Rock Band playing Rock Shabbats and a member of Klezmerkaba, playing traditional Yiddish music. He also was a founding member of the Tucson Classical Guitar Society. After retirement from TUSD, Steve thoroughly enjoyed his time working at the Folk Shop where he was a member of their musical family. Services will be held at Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Arizona Foundation for the Steve Schulman Scholarship Fund at the U of A School of Music or to Jewish Family and Children's Services of Southern Arizona. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY.