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Schultz honored with Humanitarian Award
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Donating countless hours to the preservation of Warren County history, Dr. Neil Schultz has been named Humanitarian of the Year by McMinnville’s Noon Exchange Club.
“He never stops going,” said presenter Kelly Basham in describing Schultz’s work ethic when it comes to volunteering for organizations like the Warren County Historical Society and Heritage Alliance. “As president of the Warren County Historical Society, Dr. Schultz was instrumental in preserving the Oakham and Magness Home by placing the home on the National Register of Historical Places, as well as Magness Memorial Library.”
Schultz’s work also helped pave the way for what is now Fairfield Village at the Warren County A&L Fair.
“Dr. Schultz and members of the Historical Society located and moved from Harrison Ferry a cabin donated by Hubert Boyd,” Basham said. “Thus, the living history still goes on to give children and adults a glance at our history.”
He, along with the late Arthur Lorance, presented children with a living history display on the making of molasses by building ovens for cooking and supplying a mule for grinding cane.
During Warren County’s bicentennial celebration, Dr. Schultz was honored by Heritage Alliance with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to that award, he and his wife, Ann, have won acclaim on the dance floor, winning the Tennessee 200 Bicentennial Celebration’s Outstanding Performance in Dance. They have previously won many other ballroom dance awards.
Along with his dedication to preserving history, Schultz has been instrumental in planning for the future as, while president of Rotary Club, the organization built the rubberized track around Nunley Stadium.
He is also an active member of First United Methodist Church and has served in nearly every capacity there from teaching adult Sunday School to being chairman of the board.
Voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his classmates before graduation from Central High in the class of 1954, Dr. Schultz was named most valuable player on Central’s football team and, in 1953, was named to the All-Central Tennessee Conference Team.
The Humanitarian Award is given annually by Noon Exchange to individuals who have gone above and beyond to help their fellow man in the community.