RANCHO SANTA FE — Franklin Lowell Schulte, a Rancho Santa Fe resident from 1974 to 1993, died of cancer in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 26. He was 77.
Schulte was born in Wood County, Ohio. The first member of his family to go to college, he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He met and married his wife Elaine, another Purdue graduate, during their senior year.
He was a successful engineer, salesman, and corporate executive. His first job out of college was as a flight test engineer with Douglas Aircraft, trailing instruments out of the open doors of C-47s. While living in Rancho Santa Fe, 22 years later, he founded Metrox Inc., which instrumented B-2 stealth bombers, offshore oilrigs and even the Thunder Mountain Ride at Disneyland. In 1993, he sold Metrox to Varco International, where he worked for three years until retirement.
Schulte was an active Christian, Rotarian, world traveler and photographer. He was also an active member of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two grandchildren.
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