Planter of Seeds

The life and vision of Dr. Karl V. Schultz

A self-described seed planter, Dr. Karl V.Schultz sought to plant kernels that germinated in personal, organizational and social transformations.
 
Born 1919 in Mountain Lake, Minn., Dr. Schultz was a member of the Bluffton College class of 1940, graduating with a degree in political science and business administration. Following service as a conscientious objector during World War II, Dr. Schultz received a master of arts in pastoral counseling from the Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago and completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California.
 
Beginning at the Oakland Veterans Hospital, Dr. Schultz practiced clinical psychology in Hayward and Oakland, Calif., for more than half a century, achieving professional distinction as a member of the state committee for psychology licensure and a board member of one of the earliest mental health HMOs. 
 
For his clinical and consulting work, Dr. Schultz developed a series of therapeutic surveys, which serve as tools to facilitate self-reflection and decision-making at the individual or group level. Beyond clinical practice, Dr. Schultz applied his therapeutic talents in consulting roles for private industry, churches and the Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. 
 
Dr. Schultz s other great passion and an exemplar of his seed planting was research to improve the quality of adobe and alternative-building materials. A formative trip to Mexico with the American Friends Service Committee inspired a young Dr. Schultz s lifelong quest for an affordable, durable earthquake and weather-resistant adobe material. For years, Dr. Schultz conducted research and lectured on adobe technology at University of California s Berkeley, Davis and Santa Cruz campuses. Dr. Schultz authored the resource text Adobe Manual: How to Mix It, Test It & Mold It for Building, Landscaping & Arts Crafts, (1974, rev. 1998).

In life as in intellectual pursuits, Dr. Schultz was a bold adventurer, and this legacy lives on through the Schultz Discovery Funds at Bluffton University and through his many contributions to knowledge.