Richard Everett Saslow
1932 - 2020
His adventure began in 1932 in Evanston, Illinois when he was born to his Austrian immigrant mother, Olga and his Ukrainian immigrant father, Joseph. He graduated from Evanston Township High School and then Northwestern University. After receiving his business degree from Northwestern, he enlisted in the army and served in Korea as a counterintelligence officer. Upon returning to Chicago, he sought out opportunities in the dental industry in which his brother and his father were working. His father Joe was in the dental lab business and his older brother Dan had founded D.L. Saslow, a leading dental distributor. They introduced him to Hugo Friedman who had a small dental instrument manufacturing company named Hu-Friedy. The moon and stars were aligned and he purchased the company. So began this 60 year passion which resulted in Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Co. growing into a global organization employing over 1000 people and selling products to more than 90 countries around the world.

In 1962 he married Judy Wax Saslow. Dick loved spending time with his kids Cathy Ross (Chris Liguori) Ron Saslow (Ellen) and Scott Saslow (Paula) and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren Madeline, John and Caity Ross, Joey, Charlie and Danny Saslow and Lara and Mila Saslow.

In 1990 Dick married Linda Spear and they recently celebrated 30 wonderful years of marriage. Linda's three children, Vicki Varney (Bob) Sherri Spear (Dr. Steven Isakoff) and Sandy Wilder (Eddie) and their respective grandkids Alex and Chris Varney, Lily and Benjamin Isakoff and Marcella and Nicholas Wilder also brought him much joy.

Linda and Dick loved traveling with their dogs Casey and then Buddy between Highland Park, Boca Raton and the Dominican Republic. In addition to his love for business, Dick was a philanthropist, passionate art collector, loved playing and watching sports, and was an early jazz aficionado. He was indeed 'One Cool Dude'.

Dick was a loving husband, wonderful father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. Not only is he survived by his wife Linda and his children and grandchildren mentioned above, but he will also be missed by grandkids Alex, Ben and Katie Liguori, his longtime business partner Howard Wax (Imy), niece Lynn (Don) Janklow and Dani and Erin Janklow, and his extended family Ronna Hoffberg, Dana Mikstay, Rob Thaler and Norman Hoffberg.

A celebration of his life will be held on August 12, 2021 on what would have been his 89th birthday.

May his memory be a blessing.

Published by Chicago Tribune from Dec. 20 to Dec. 31, 2020.
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The world will be a lesser place with Dick's passing. My condolences to all who were lucky to know him and especially to Linda, Kathy, Ron, Scott and the rest of the family. I will always be grateful for the opportunities he gave and the friendship he extended to me over the years. His kindness, mischievous wit and encyclopedic knowledge of jazz will be missed.
Charles Feldman
August 9, 2021
To the family and friends I send my sorrow for your loss. Please know that your loved one touched so many lives through his commitment to excellence for the dental profession. He was truly a one of a kind man. He made a difference in the world.
Sherri Friedman Warshaw, RDH
December 31, 2020
Tavan Pechet
December 27, 2020
The times we shared over many years will be cherished for all of my life's memories , meeting Dick and Linda was a special blessing, started with building their home in Boca west , and our Journey together was so special . Dick loves music , good food and wine. The Gazebo restaurant will miss Dick it was his special place that we shared many years together. Last season I brought the band to his home to play some Jazz music for him, he loved it , Romina made her special Chinese food for him and linda and some of the family were there, everyone enjoyed it . Thank god we did the video on that night , it will be a very special memorable video for all of us. I will miss him and will never forget what a special blessing he was to me . My condolences to the family .Mel Urban & Romina Chen
Mel Urban
December 26, 2020
larry kugler
December 25, 2020
Cheryl Staruck
December 24, 2020
Susan Berlin
December 22, 2020
Edwin Kach
December 22, 2020
To: Linda Sincere condolences on the loss of your husband.
Michael Weissman
December 21, 2020
Sorry for your loss. May his memory be for a blessing
Barbara Levin
December 20, 2020
Aneliia Tocheva
December 20, 2020
Clarissa Lefkowitz
December 20, 2020
Dana Hughes
December 20, 2020
Dick was indeed quite the rock star at Hu-Friedy for many years. He touched so many lives and truly made a difference. We loved his inquisitive nature and sly wit, and what a humanitarian! Loved by many and cherished by all.
Diana Walker & Bill Knab
December 20, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. It was with great pleasure that I worked at Hu-Friedy for 31 years. Dick was a very nice and friendly man with a great sense of humor. Whenever seeing him at work he would always stop what he was doing to say hello to me. I will always have good memories of him. He will be missed. Jim Dilillo
Jim Dilillo
December 20, 2020
Dick was a cherished friend and will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda and the entire family.
barbara somlo
December 20, 2020
Cheryl and I are deeply sorry for your loss. He was a such a good guy, a great friend and wonderful neighbor. He will be missed. May his memories be for a blessing. Danny .
Danny H. Schulman
December 20, 2020
My deepest condolences to the whole family. He was such a kind and humble man.
Joel Rosenstein
December 19, 2020
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