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SALZMAN--Eric, composer, naturalist and former music critic of The New York Times and The New York Herald Tribune, died Sunday November 12 at the age of 84 from cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife Lorna, daughters Eva Salzman, Stephanie Salzman (Carbonnier), son-in-law Jean-Louis...

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Dear Lorna,

With great sadness we heard about Eric's death. Although I didn't have much contact with him - or you - for a long time, I remember him very fondly. His all-encompassing knowledge gave every meeting and conversation a spark and produced at least one memorable pun.

I learned a lot from him. It was fun for me to talk with him about music, even as I knew so much less.

I also remember, fondly, our '91 birding trip together to Ecuador (see photo) ...