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Howard Salzman 1926 – 2017

The brilliant, charismatic Howard Salzman passed peacefully on December 28th. He will be remembered by his many students at Florida International University where he taught Philosophy and Aging in Place; and of course his family and his friends from over the years.

Howard Salzman was an explorer, both physically and spiritually. He trekked many hours in the Florida Everglades. He said he was never bitten by mosquitoes because he wasn’t afraid of them.

He loved the ocean, enjoying swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. He taught both his daughters, Carol and Linda, to be fearless in the ocean.

Howard was a voracious reader, mostly non-fiction. He spent time at Esalen back in the day, and was a fan of Fritz Perls in the late 60’s.

Howard was an aging advocate. He was asked to appear on the PBS Frontline TV show for an interview about aging well. Frontline PBS published an interview and a page of his poems.

You’ll find more of his poetry and aphorisms on this website.

Howard was born May 20, 1926 in the Bronx, New York to Rae (Lobell) and Alexander (Al) Salzman. Howard served his country in the Navy. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College where he met Phyllis Knobel and at Adelphi University. He married Phyllis Knobel in 1949. He moved briefly to Birmingham, Alabama in 1953 and then to Miami, Florida a year later. He lived in Southern Florida the rest of his life. Howard lost his brother Erwin when he was a young man. He lost both his parents and his sister Pearl in the 70’s. Pearl had a son, Richard Whitehill and a daughter, Faye Whitehill Gero – Howard’s nephew and niece whom he cared for very much. Erwin had a daughter Dr. Donna Frances Salzman DeGeorge, Howard’s niece, who he always thought of fondly. Phyllis passed November 21, 1984.

Lucille Gaffney was Howard’s devoted companion for many years. She was with him the day he died. We are grateful to Lucille for all she has done to take care of Howard and the love she always showed him.

Howard was fond of both of his son-in-laws married to his daughter, Linda, Richard Sherman and Ray Gordon. Ray was very helpful taking care of Howard both when he visited us in Hawaii and in his last years. Howard found some peace following Hurricane IRMA listening to Richard Sherman playing the piano.

Howard Salzman with his daughter Carol at Linda's wedding October 6, 1968.

Carol was Howard’s favorite daughter. With Howard at Linda’s wedding October 6, 1968.


 
My mother’s side of the family, the Knobels and Milgrims were very close with each other and driven by some very strong women, including the famous dress designer Sally Milgrim. My grandfather Ira Knobel, was my personal favorite man in that family. He instilled the will to be healthy in me with his focus on good nutrition and daily exercise. Unfortunately, the Salzman family did not bond well. I have finally met relatives on the Salzman side I never met before in the last two years as I endeavored to bring them together with my father again. I visited my awesome cousin Jen Whitehill Voegtli and her husband Walt in Connecticut to see my father’s niece Faye, who lives with them. Walt and Jen (Faye’s daughter) are brilliant scientists and Walt spoiled us with his gourmet cooking. I am so happy to have them in my life now. When I was back at Victoria Villa, Jen helped me set up a FaceTime with Howard with their whole family. He loved that. I just saw a photo of my Dad at Jen’s first wedding and I could see how proud he was of his niece, Jen.

Preparing for the funeral and celebration of life, I had long conversations with Howard’s nephew Richard Whitehill’s children William David Whitehill and Nancey Whitehill Upshaw (also Howard’s nephew and niece). Their memories of Howard brought back wonderful memories of a younger Howard for me. Nancey talked about him being charming and funny. Thanks to them, I am now thinking about my younger Dad more than the man he became after his fall in November 2014 put him in a wheelchair and ushered in his gradual mental decline. He had been 100% mentally sharp up to the time he was 89 years old. My husband Ray’s theory is that congestive heart issues gradually deprived his brain of sufficient oxygen. (On my Mother’s side, I have close relatives who have stayed very mentally sharp into their 90’s so I am hoping for the best for myself in that arena).

We have lost track of the Lobell side of the Salzman family and I would love to get in touch with them. I have the names Lou and Stephen who should still be alive. Howard’s uncle (his mother Rae’s younger brother) was Larry Lobell MD. Larry Lobell was family doctor for Wini Bell, who kindly made the first comment on this tribute.

Howard and I are so grateful to his yoga teacher, Paty Renda, who worked with him weekly during the last years of his life.

Special thanks to Rodrigo who was head nurse at Victoria Villa when I was managing Howard’s cataract surgery. He was so helpful and a terrific nurse. He is now at the VA and they are lucky to have him.

Many thanks to Richard Roberts, Howard’s case worker at the VA. Richard was a special friend. Interestingly, there was much yoga in Howard’s latest years. Howard’s yoga therapist, Paty Renda, his niece Nancey Upshaw is a yogi, I was doing yoga every day that I visited Davie and Richard Roberts had talked to Howard about yoga for many years.

Thank you to Marsha Collier who gave Howard, Carol and I her Miami Beach condo to use when we had to turn the water off at the Coconut Grove house in 2009.

Thank you to Krama Yoga in Davie, where I found Paty Renda (my father’s chair yoga coach and so much more). This is an excellent yoga studio with great owners, instructors, trainers and practicing yogi’s. I practiced yoga there every day during my many visits to Davie where Victoria Villa Assisted Living facility is located. Yoga in this high level and spiritual environment kept me centered and able to give my best to my Dad. Special mentions to Alex Issaev, who is now at Issa Yoga and the Perea’s.

Thank you to all who have friended Howard on Facebook.

Howard Salzman Burial and Celebration of Life

Howard’s military burial with military honors ceremony was at the South Florida National Cemetery at Lake Worth on Thursday, January 18th at 1pm.
6501 S. State Road 7, 
Lake Worth, FL 33449
You can find Howard at the Columbarium section 47. I will add a map.
We followed with a celebration of life at a near-by location.

South Florida National Cemetery Bench

The current weather forecast high for Lake Worth (33449 – note this is the inland section of Lake Worth, not on the water) on January 18th is 64 degrees.

If you would like to attend, please leave a private note on the contact form on this website or on my website Boomer Tech Talk.

Here is an article I wrote on that site: How to set up an iPad for the Elderly, featuring Howard Salzman.

In lieu of flowers, Howard would appreciate your donation to “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles. Please enter Howard Salzman in the tribute section of their online donation form. If you would prefer to donate by phone, the number is: (213) 572-0175.

Please feel free to leave condolences, memories, anything you like, here in the comments. Your memories of Howard are greatly appreciated.

 
Howard Salzman younger days

Howard in Navy clothes, we don't know who the girl is.

Howard in Navy clothes, we don’t know who the girl is.


 
Howard Salzman in navy group shot

Howard in Navy group shot


 

Howard Salzman with Carol circa 1957

Howard with Carol circa 1957


 
Howard Salzman with Carol circa 1957

Howard with Carol and Christine Blanton circa 1957. We would love to find Christine!

Phyllis Knobel Salzman and Howard Salzman

Phyllis (Knobel) and Howard dancing at Linda’s wedding


 
Howard Salzman family photo

Back row, left to right: Gordon Gouwens and Marilyn (Knobel), Howard and Phyllis, Howard’s sister, Pearl, Carol; Front row: Ira and Anna Knobel, Linda and Richard, Howard’s parents: Rae and Al.


 
Howard Salzman with Richard Sherman, Linda's first husband at 1968 wedding

Howard with Richard Sherman, Linda’s first husband at 1968 wedding


 
Howard Salzman with daughter

Howard and Linda at his sister-in-law Marilyn (Knobel)’s house in Coconut Grove


 
Howard Salzman at Jen Voegtli's wedding for her first marriage in 1997.

Howard at Jen Voegtli’s wedding for her first marriage in 1997.


 
Howard Salzman in panama hat

Howard Salzman in Coconut Grove

Howard when he was living in Coconut Grove, 2009 to 2011.


 
Howard Salzman April 2014

April 30, 2014, when Howard was still living with Lucille in Pembroke Pines. With Linda in the pool, enjoying zero gravity in spiritual mode.


 
Howard Salzman breathing and stretching exercises October 23, 2015

Linda leading Howard in breathing and stretching exercises, Victoria Villa Oct 23, 2015.


 
Howard Salzman taking to Franklin Milgrim on phone

Howard talking to his cousin Franklin Milgrim on the phone at Victoria Villa, June 2016. The headphones made it much easier for him to hear.


 
Jen Voegtli and her son Wyatt showing Howard Salzman the stuffed dog named Henry he gave her when she was born.

Jen Voegtli and her son Wyatt showing Howard the stuffed dog named Henry he gave her when she was born.


 
Richard Roberts teaching Kundalini yoga at Bay Oaks Retirement Home

Richard Roberts, Howard’s case manager at the VA teaching Kundalini yoga at Bay Oaks Retirement Home in 2012


 
Howard Salzman with yoga teacher Paty Renda

Howard with his wonderful chair yoga therapist Paty Renda, May 2017. When he wasn’t up to strength, breathing and mobility work, she would massage his feet and hands.


 
Howard Salzman at his 91st birthday

Howard at his 91st birthday , May 20 2017.


 
Howard's Philosophical and Creative Explorations card

Howard was at this address from the early 1960’s to 2009. The phone is no longer in operation.


 
As you can see Howard was looking good in May 2017. I arrived on the first day they allowed flights into Miami/Ft. Lauderdale following Hurricane IRMA, September 13th. Like many assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Southern Florida during IRMA, his did not have generators large enough to run a/c. So I was glad to be able to get him into cooler circumstances when I got there. But I think IRMA was hard on him. They treated him very well at Victoria Villa. He had Lucille visiting him regularly, my sister Carol was always a caring voice and Paty Renda was there most every week.

Howard was a very strong willed person and we all believe it was simply his decision to leave us when he did.

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Spiritual Aphorisms by Howard Salzman

Do not look for a map to paradise
For he who makes the divine journey
Is his own mapmaker.

The truth will not always set you free
But can entrap you and subject you to untold misery,
For to know the truth and be impotent before it
Is to be immersed in the fires of hell.

There is a similarity between sexual passion and celibacy.
One is untamed, physical and fleeting,
The other sustained and spiritual;
In one you become one with another,
The other you become one with the All.

When knowledge of God precedes faith,
Faith is sure to follow.

As the soul ascends,
Arrogance descends.

Immanence and transcendence
Theological terminology
That can obscure
Rather than clarify
The presence of the Divine.

Beware of spiritual systems
And techniques
That can carry you away
From the divine.

The spiritual path
Is a journey to your true identity
Do not let another’s profile
Be superimposed on you

He who beholds a single leaf in the sunlight
For its sacredness
Will behold the inner light
In the darkness

God loves me
But sometimes
He is not happy with me.

Do not clutter the passageway to the Divine
With intellectual debris.

When we fail to have mercy on ourselves
We cry out in anguish
“God have mercy on me.”

Thinking can take you into a thousand different directions
But prayer can take you into only one
When you become one with the Lord.

God’s will
Is a mystery that unfolds in time
WHen all the pieces assemble
To fulfill the divine design.
A journey not for self-glory
But for the glory of God.

The devil wants to dance in your soul
So invite him in
With your anger and your hate
And prepare a table
Of greed, envy and prid
And God will hide from your presence.

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 30

We fabricate fictions in our head
Quite certain they are true,
Only to watch them destroyed
In the fire of reality.

The great lessons of life
Do not come out of a book
But out of life

Learning is directly proportionate
To your ability to change.

He who concentrates on the flaws of another
Is a stranger to his own flaws.

When you speak and others do not understand you
Perhaps you do not understand
The words you speak.

What is hidden from the human eye
Is revealed by the intuitive eye.

The distinction between joy and pain
Is determined by the heart.
One brings joy,
The other pain.
If your mind has lost its way
Let your heart speak.

Lonely and alone
Are brothers to each other.

Ancient Man

I have listened to voices speak profound thoughts and theories word upon word about ancient man
I have looked at his artifacts
and seen his temples
yet never spoke his language.

Though books proliferate
and edifices stand to proclaim his presence
not one unturned stone nor uncovered word
could recreate his being
and each theory moves us one step further from the past.

Look no further than you are
for you are he and he is you
his language is dead
but his spirit lives.

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 1

As the spirit ascends, arrogance descends.

Our credentials are written in the heart.

Distinguish between inspiration and emulation
it is far better to walk in the Garden of Eden
than to wear the clothes of another man.

We carry our torches and crosses.

Do not ask why a leaf
falls to the ground
for the question will dim
the splendor of the descent.

Vanity assumes that all things can be understood
yet the notion that some things cannot
is beyond our comprehension.

Every time we win an argument in our head
we lose our peace of mind.

Aphorisms by Howard Salzman No. 2

When you learn to say no
you will discover
how much energy you have
to say yes.

The waters of a stream do not fight the wind
they allow the surface to be disturbed,
but beneath the surface it is calm.

When we remain silent in nature
we begin to understand the nature of ourselves.

In the spiritual world there are many mysteries
to witness the mysteries brings awe
attempts to solve the mysteries bring frustration.

The unshared heart
Is a crying heart.

The Kiss

You placed a kiss in the palm
of your hand
and blew it towards me
it gathered into a fine mist
then descended into my heart
when its journey was through
the soul looked up
and said thank you

published in: Innerself and PBS.org – Frontline

Time

You look at me aged and wrinkled
Do you think you will not be here some day
when others will peer at you and turn away
Today is your tomorrow
and you are me my friend
The only difference is time

published in: Innerself and PBS.or – Frontline

Dalia

Black single parent
I knew you as a statistic
numbers, percentages
concepts that clouded my mind
but my eyes penetrated the
abstractions
and I saw your eyes filled with love
for your child.
If violent men would gather and
gaze
upon your face
then the hate in their hearts
would give flight
and the hardened fists
would unfold to seek your tender
embrace

published in: the Miami Times on August 5, 1993

Filly

A body of a thousand lips
I kiss
caressing piece by piece
a thousand lips beneath your skin
cry yes
yes yes
yes yes
ride filly ride
and I sweet friend
will walk in the warm rain of your womb

published in: PBS.org – Frontline