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Riverside Memorial Chapel
180 West 76th Street
New York, NY


was a deeply thoughtful, humane, and passionate man. A loving father and husband, a brilliant and prolific scholar, a talented leader, and an inveterate punster, he will be profoundly missed. He died of a head injury after being knocked down on the subway. Kurt was born in Vienna, Austria in 1929. At 11 he fled the Nazis. Arriving in New York City in 1938, he attended the Bronx High School of Science, NYU, and Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in Psychology. As a committed behaviorist, Dr. Salzinger held positions at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Poly- technic University, the National Science Foundation, the American Psychological Association (APA), and Hofstra University. He was President of the New York Academy of Sciences where he initiated dialog with the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He was Executive Director of Science at the APA, among other roles, as well as President of the Association of Behavior Analysis and the Eastern Psychological Association. He wrote 14 books and 200 journal articles, and his work continues to be cited widely. He was joyfully married to Deanna Chitayat for 38 years. His children from his first marriage to Suzanne Salzinger loved and adored him. He leaves his wife Deanna Chitayat, his children Leslie, Alison, Meryl and John Salzinger, his grandchildren Tova Salzinger, Sanjay and Penelope Day, and Dev Singh-Salzinger, his step- children Mara and Aimee Chitayat, and his previous wife Suzanne. Memorial will be held at Riverside Chapel at noon on Sunday, November 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in his name to HIAS.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 10, 2018
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