OBITUARY

William Lawrence Salzer

October 26, 1950September 29, 2019

William Lawrence Salzer, 68, died Sunday, Sept. 29, at home. His wife, Sue, and daughter, Lily, were by his side. The cause of death was cancer.

Though Bill’s life was too short, in many ways he was a lucky man. He found his life’s purpose early and took great satisfaction in his work. He devoted himself to the practice of medicine, with a specialty in infectious diseases, and to the training of medical students. As anyone who knew Bill will tell you, he didn’t care about fine clothes, showy cars or life’s trappings. Bill was a selfless man; he cared about his patients, his students, his colleagues and his family.

Bill was professor of medicine at the University of Missouri and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases. He was a biomedical engineering graduate of Boston University and attended medical school at New Jersey School of Medicine and Dentistry. Bill completed his Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education in Wake Forest, N.C.

He received many honors during his career, too many to list here. This week he was awarded the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In 2018 he received the Jane Hickman Award, the highest honor in medical education at Mizzou. In 2016, Bill was especially touched when Mizzou’s medical students asked him to deliver their commencement address. That meant a lot to him.

When Bill entered practice, AIDS was unknown. In time, the treatment of HIV-positive and AIDS patients came to define a significant portion of his career. Bill was honored to serve many years on the RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) board.

He enjoyed Cardinals baseball, Bluegrass music and Mizzou sports, especially basketball. He kept a modest, very modest, vegetable garden in the backyard.

Bill was born on Oct. 26, 1950, in Irvington, N.J. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Anthony Salzer and Catherine Helen Daly Salzer, and father-in-law Paul T. King. He leaves his wife, Sue, and daughter, Lily, (the very apple of his eye) who will miss him beyond measure. He also is survived by a sister, Paula Garbus, of Hampton, VA; stepsons John France, of Kansas City, and Max France, of Atlanta; stepdaughter Hallie France, of St. Louis; mother-in-law Jean S. King, of Columbia; sister- and brother-in-law Karen and Gerry Silvoso of Little Rock, AR; and three nephews.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Shiloh Bar and Grill from 5 to 7 p.m. Anyone who knew Bill or the family is warmly invited to attend. Those who wish to may make a donation in Bill’s name to Tobacco Free Missouri, the American Cancer Society or a charity of their choice.

  • FAMILY

  • He leaves his wife, Sue, and daughter, Lily, (the very apple of his eye) who will miss him beyond measure. He also is survived by a sister, Paula Garbus, of Hampton, VA; stepsons John France, of Kansas City, and Max France, of Atlanta; stepdaughter Hallie France, of St. Louis; mother-in-law Jean S. King, of Columbia; sister- and brother-in-law Karen and Gerry Silvoso of Little Rock, AR; and three nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Tobacco Free Missouri or the American Cancer Society

Services

  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Memories

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Vaclav /Vinny stepanik

October 8, 2019

DR Salzer was a grate man ,who make my life better by words and his care .will miss him and never forget him
Thank you so much for all he did
my condolence to the family

Jim Peacock

October 4, 2019

I had the pleasure and good fortune to interact with Bill during his ID training at Wake Forest. He was a valued colleague, a commonsensical clinician and diagnostician, and an understated educator. His knowledge about ID was truly amazing. He was a keen observer of the human condition and his comments about life were insightful, succinct, and to the point! He will be missed! Condolences to his family.

Maria Evans

October 2, 2019

I am grateful to have worked with Bill as both a resident and a young attending; he always treated me with respect and was always willing to share his vast knowledge base in a lighthearted way. Much of the foundation of my own knowledge, especially on HIV and tick-borne illness, was laid by him. I loved serving on committees he was on, because they were never dull! Rest in peace, Bill.

Ann Havey

October 2, 2019

So sad to receive this news! I have many good memories working with this amazing clinician/educator!
I remember Bill’s willingness to help the fledgling PBL curriculum in its early days, and he NEVER said no to my requests for help! His encyclopedic mind was legendary, but his compassion for those suffering was demonstrated in his day to day actions.
Rest in peace, Bill. You will be missed tremendously by colleagues, students, friends & family.
Ann Havey

Paula Garbus

October 2, 2019

I am so sad to have to say good-bye to you so soon. I want to tell you that I admire you, and am so very proud of you and all that you have accomplished. You have been a blessing to so many people, especially your family!
You have a rare gift of never ending compassion, strength and selflessness. You are the only person I know that when asked "when are you going to retire?", responded with "I don't want to retire, I love what I do!" I'm so lucky that you were a part of my life. It's an honor to say that you were my brother. I will miss you so much!

Chuck McBee

October 2, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Salzer and to watch him as he worked. He was highly dedicated to his career and determined beyond measure. He set an example for others regarding how to face adversity, by never giving up! He will always be remembered fondly and I am better for having known him, as many others are as well. May God bless and comfort the family, knowing that his life made a difference for others. We will miss you Dr. Salzer!!

Barbara Boshard

October 1, 2019

I worked with Dr. Salzer for over 10 years. He was one doctor that always volunteered when the Department needed a physician facilitator for a resident conference. He lived and breathed medicine and teaching. His death leaves a hole in our world; a legacy to be remembered.

John Cascone

October 1, 2019

You will be missed boss. Thank you for making a difference in my life. Love you Johnny

Cathy Schlotzhauer

October 1, 2019

Dr. Salzer was a colorful character adding humor and spunk to meetings! His brilliance was inspiring to many and his quick response to my pages/calls for assistance with a case was always appreciated. My prayers for his family for peaceful healing. He will be missed by all of us in the Infection Control Department!

Eileen Phillips

October 1, 2019

So sad to hear of Dr. Salzer's passing. He was such a smart man and was a invaluable resource to our infection control department and myself over the years. He was also pretty fun to listen to at meetings and I loved his matter of fact frankness he spoke with. He made me chuckle to myself so many times! He will be sorely missed!

FROM THE FAMILY