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Campus mourns loss of beloved chemistry professor and chair

Chemistry Professor Emeritus Sol Shulman died in December at the age of 81. A memorial service was held on campus in January.

Shulman was born and raised in the Soviet Union. As a Russian partisan fighting the Nazis, he was awarded the Partisan Warfare Medal for heroism. He immigrated to the United States, earning a Ph.D. in chemistry at North Dakota State before joining ISU as Chemistry Department chair in 1969.

He retired in 1992 yet stayed involved, serving on the Foundation Board of Directors. He worked as a consultant on the design and construction of Illinois State’s Science Laboratory Building. Shulman designed and developed a fume hood for the building’s labs, with the caveat that the company refer to the design as the “ISU Fume Hood.”

Shulman’s dedication to ISU was recognized in 2008 with the dedication of the Dr. Sol Shulman Atrium in the Science Laboratory Building. A scholarship in the Department of Chemistry bears his name. Donations can be made online at For more information call (309) 438-8041, or send an e-mail to