Free Lance–Star librarian and archivist. Learning Resource Center manager for Strayer University. Lifelong fan of LSU football, through good times and bad. And, most importantly, a loving and devoted father, son, husband, brother and friend.
Craig Michael Schulin took great pride in the roles he served and the positive impact that he had on those around him.
Schulin, 55, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at VCU Hospital in Richmond following a brief illness.
Like all New Orleans natives, he was a lover of good food, good music and good times.
For many years, he was the glue that held together a tight group of neighbors in Spotsylvania’s Holleybrooke subdivision, celebrating life from a patio he built himself overlooking the lush vegetable garden that he and his wife, Lynn, planted.
Gregarious in spirit, he took equal delight in helping strangers as he did his friends, and was eager to give extra time when Strayer students, no matter their age or background, sought his help with resume advice and other career assistance.
Craig took special pride in sharing his passions with his son, Daniel, whether bonding on day trips to go fishing, football, or their shared love of Star Wars. Both educators at heart, he and Lynn instilled in their son a lifelong appreciation for reading and learning.
Craig’s legacy as a man of letters also lives on in the memories of many longtime Free Lance–Star readers. He spent several years as the newsroom librarian, and contributed content including restaurant and concert reviews; an interview with the pre-eminent New Orleans musician Malcolm “Dr. John” Rebennack; and a series detailing his parents’ struggle to rebuild after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Even while living in Virginia for the second part of his life, Craig never lost sight of his Louisiana roots, making regular trips to see his parents, Jerry and Cynthia, and sister, Mary, at home in the Lakeview neighborhood.
In addition to his wife, Lynn, and son, Daniel, Craig is survived by his parents and sister, as well as extended family. His memory will carry on in the thoughts of many into whose lives he was able to bring joy and light.
Memorial funds will go to assist Craig's family with medical and funeral costs, including a celebration of his life in Virginia and a memorial service in Louisiana, as well as helping to cover future educational expenses for Daniel.