Doris Salzer, 94
Palo Alto, CA - Doris Salzer died peacefully in Palo Alto, Calif. on Saturday, March 31, 2012, after a long illness.
Doris was born in 1917 in Boston to Molly (Berlin) and Abraham Lyon. Doris attended Wellesley College during the Depression, earning a bachelor's degree in chemistry. After graduating, she worked for a Columbia University research lab that she would find out later had been part of the Manhattan Project.
She and her late husband Peter were married for 50 years, most of it in Worcester. During that time, Doris raised three children on Zenith Drive, next door to her sisters, Norma and Reva and across the street from their mother. She also completed a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Clark University, and she worked for many years in the local school system as a psychologist and in a group practice testing and advising children with learning disabilities.
She and Peter were active in Temple Emanuel, and enjoyed frequent trips to New York and around the world. A second home on Cape Cod served as a family destination for nearly 50 years where Doris entertained family and friends, and delighted in collecting shellfish, preparing large family meals, swimming with her grandchildren and taking them to the flea market.
After her husband's death, Doris moved to Palo Alto, where she lived for more than a decade, making new friends, traveling to new places and undertaking new endeavors. Later, while suffering from Alzheimer's, she benefited from the support of several devoted caregivers.
She is lovingly remembered by her family and many friends for her generous and warm heart, her intellect and love of learning, and her abiding support and devotion to her family, especially her grandchildren, whom she adored.
Doris is survived by three children, Karen Salzer Wiener of Los Altos, Calif. and her husband Bruce, Susan Fort of Seattle and her husband F. William, James of New York City and his wife Barbara Hempstead; a sister, Norma Kumin of Peabody; nine grandchildren, Jocelyn, Jonathan, Andrew and Matthew Wiener, Sarah, Meredith and David Fort, and Rebecca and Abigail Salzer; six great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held April 15 in Los Altos Hills, California. Charitable donations may be made to the Doris Salzer Memorial Scholarship Fund, payable by check to Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main St., Suite 650, Worcester, MA 01608 or online at
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 12 to Apr. 14, 2012