Simone D. Schulmann, founder of N.J. school

Simone D. Schulmann
Simone D. Schulmann
Posted: October 16, 2013

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.

Dr. Schulmann was director of the Camden County Guidance Center from 1965 to 1985, working with school systems as well as with the Bancroft School in Haddonfield, which focuses on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In 1972, her son said, she also founded the Sunny Day School in Mount Laurel, for the treatment of autistic children. The school eventually was named the Durand Academy to honor her, he said.

Besides her son, Dr. Schulmann is survived by her husband, daughters Marie and Diana Glendinning, and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Moorestown Community House, 16 E. Main St.

Donations may be made to the Durand Foundation, Suite 101, 111 Gaither Dr., Mount Laurel, N.J., 08054.


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