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Remembering Joan Saltzman

Joan Saltzman (left) with Hofstra Board of Trustees Chair Emerita Helene Fortunoff at the 1999 midyear commencement.

The Hofstra community is deeply saddened by the passing of Joan Saltzman, a dedicated friend, adviser and generous benefactor of the University. She was respected throughout the Long Island community for her work as a dedicated philanthropist, and an advocate for improved mental health care and affordable housing in the region. Mrs. Saltzman was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1999 in recognition of her commitment to Hofstra and the community.

She and her late husband, Trustee Emeritus Arnold A. Saltzman, founded Hofstra’s Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, a multidisciplinary clinical service center that provides low cost, life-changing therapies to the public, and unique research and training opportunities to students. The Center unites the talents and capabilities of separate organizations at the University – the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute, the Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic, the Psychological Evaluation Research and Counseling (PERC) Clinic, the Reading/Writing Learning Clinic and the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The Saltzman Center was one of the first facilities of its kind in the nation.

Joan Saltzman (2nd from left) with Provost Herman Berliner, Robert Goldberg, Patricia Zarb, and Dr. Joe Scardapane at the 2007 ribbon cutting for the playground at the Saltzman Center’s Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute.

“Joan Saltzman’s commitment to public service and higher education was unparalleled,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “She and her husband, Arnold, believed deeply in supporting children and families. The Center that bears their name stands as a tribute to their compassion and commitment to the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Said Joseph Scardapane, PhD, executive director of the Saltzman Center and assistant provost: “From the inception of the Saltzman Center in 1991, Joan was the heart and soul of our mission.  She encouraged, supported and loved us into being the best that we could be as teachers, supervisors and clinicians. She was joyful in our presence whether she was making a visit to the Child Care Institute or watching students from local school districts read their written work.”

Mrs. Saltzman was actively involved with human services agencies throughout Nassau County and New York state. She served on the Nassau County Mental Health Board, the New York State Mental Health Planning Council and the State Task Force for the Development of Community Residences.

In 1960 Mrs. Saltzman helped found the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Association, serving as a board member and as its president. In 1972 she co-founded Community Advocates, a non-profit agency that has served as a major catalyst for social and racial justice, and advanced the development of affordable housing and housing for the homeless. She was also a founder of the Long Island Women’s Fund.

She most recently served on the College of Advisors of Erase Racism and as a member emerita of the Long Island Community Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable organization that connects donors with charitable organizations in the local community.

The University will share information about any public memorial arrangements when they become available.

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