On Thursday, May 27, 2021, Richard (Dick) Edward Schutz, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family. Richard was born May 6, 1929 in Long Beach, CA to Marvin and Caroline (Jones) Schutz. He received his Bachelor's Degree in History at UCLA in 1951. Following his graduation, he enrolled in the Air Force during the Korean War as a First Lieutenant and a Strategic Air Command Liaison Officer. He went back to UCLA and received his Masters in Educational Psychology in 1955. He went on to get his Ph.D in Educational Psychology-Measurement and Evaluation at Columbia University in 1957. On June 24, 1951, he married Iris May Horsefield in Long Beach, CA. They raised three sons, Jerrold, Charles, and Stephen, and one daughter, Jody. 

Richard was formerly a Professor of Educational Psychology at Arizona State University and an Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development (SWRL). Once Richard retired, he continued writing for educational journals and was President of 3rsPlus, a research-based program to help young and struggling readers. He was very passionate about making sure that all students learned to read to give them a better chance of success in their education.

His wonderful life will always be cherished by his wife, Iris; his children, Jerrold and his wife Leila, Charles, Stephen, and Jody; his brothers Daniel Joe and Samuel; and his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Timothy, and Gregory. Richard was preceded in death by his father, Marvin, his mother, Caroline, and his two brothers, John Marvin and Jackson Spencer. 
A private service for the immediate family will be held June 23, 2021 at Forest Lawn Cypress. A memorial reception will follow. Please contact a family member for details if you'd like to attend. 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Richard's name to Teach My Kid to Read at PO Box 8314, Albany, NY 12208 or at

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