Word has been received that Matthew Alan Shulman of Mill Creek, Washington, a former Woods Hole resident, died unexpectedly on March 22 at his home. He was 50.
He was the son of Marc and Peggy Shulman of Woods Hole and in his youth spent all of his summers in Woods Hole as well as attending the Woods Hole School for grades 3 and 4. The family lived in Bethesda, Maryland; Paris, France; and Basel, Switzerland; before moving to Toronto, Canada, in 1979.
In Toronto, he went to Cedarvale Public School and the University of Toronto Schools. He attended Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1991.
After graduation he joined Microsoft in Seattle where he wrote the code for Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) which is still in use in the current version of all Microsoft Office apps, such as Excel and Word. His most important contribution was a set of tools for programmers called “statement builder,” which allowed a programmer to see a drop-down menu of possibilities for code completion. It was renamed IntelliSense and is patented. He later worked on a digital music and media project at Microsoft.
In 2004 Mr. Shulman began working for Google. He started in Mountainview, California, and went on to work on maps in several countries in Asia before returning to Seattle and joining a group working on some internal marketing tools. He took early retirement and pursued diverse interests on his own. His most recent favorite activities were helping students in computer science and perfecting his skill at table tennis.
In addition to his parents, he leaves three siblings and several nieces and nephews.