In Memoriam

Dr. Lloyd Raymond Schultz

(1929-2010)

Dr. Loyd Schultz, who pioneered pediatric surgery in Nebraska, was not one to let a sick baby suffer, even if that baby was a lowland gorilla from Henry Doorly Zoo.

Risking serious professional consequences, Schultz operated successfully on the baby gorilla at the then-Children’s Memorial Hospital. He did so at the request of the zoo staff, and apparently without getting the hospital’s OK. Son Dr. Mark Schultz of Austin, Texas, explained: “His reasoning (was) that a baby is a baby.” The procedure was a success and the gorilla infant was saved. Gorilla physiology is very similar to that of infant homo sapiens.

“Dad was sanctioned severely for a time over the incident — a bit of an embarrassment for Children’s if it were to get out — but he knew the career risks involved in being caught and went ahead anyway. This was his nature.”

Dr. Loyd Raymond Schultz died Saturday at the Omaha home he shared with his wife, Shirley Ann, who survives her husband. The 81-year-old retired surgeon died of cancer, said Mark Schultz.

In 1962, Loyd Schultz became Nebraska’s first pediatric surgeon. Schultz practiced at Children’s and the Nebraska Medical Center. He also taught at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University School of Medicine, his family said.

Schultz graduated from Norfolk High School in 1946, served two years in the Marine Corps, attended the former Norfolk Junior College in 1948 and entered the University of Oregon in 1949.

In 1951, he began school at UNMC. After graduation in 1955, he trained as a surgeon at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and did a pediatric surgery fellowship in 1960 at Ohio State University. He returned to Omaha in 1962 and set up practice as Nebraska’s first pediatric surgeon.

“I came in cold. Nobody here was doing pediatric surgery. Nobody had even heard of pediatric surgery,” Schultz in an 2007 video interview when Children’s honored him as a Pediatric Legend.

“It took two weeks for him to even get a patient and then he didn’t get paid,” said Mark Schultz. Loyd Schultz founded Pediatric Surgery Inc., which is still in business. He retired from practice in 1998.

Besides his wife and son, other survivors include daughters Penny Kenyon of Omaha and DeAnn Hiskey of St. Marys, Ohio; sons Dr. Kirk Schultz of Vancouver, British Columbia, Robert Schultz of Omaha and James Schultz of Fort Collins, Colo.; brothers Harlan Schultz of Yakima, Wash., and Glen Schultz of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; sister Evelyn Kleinsasser of Alachua, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren. (Adapted from an obituary in the World-Herald.)