Simone Durand Schulmann, 84, founder of what is now Durand Academy and Community Services in Mount Laurel, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Cypress Cove, a continuing care community in Fort Myers, Fla., following spinal surgery. She had resided in Moorestown.
The academy website states that it provides "quality learning opportunities to individuals with pervasive developmental disorders such as autism."
Born in Aix-en-Provence, France, she earned her medical degree at what is now Aix-Marseille University and completed her internship at the former French Hospital in Manhattan, where she met her future husband, Marcel, an orthopedic surgeon.
She worked in child psychiatry at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center from 1957 to 1965 and operated her private medical practice in Moorestown from 1971 to 1990, her son, George, said in a phone interview.