Paul Louis Salzberger

April 20, 1934May 1, 2021

Paul L. Salzberger, born in New York City, N.Y., to Margery W. Salzberger and Henry X. Salzberger on April 20th, 1934, died on May 1, 2021, at his home in Dallas, surrounded by his family, whom he dearly loved.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister Marian Rich, and is survived by his adoring wife of 63 years, Joan; his brother Lee Salzberger and his wife Ellen and their children and grandchildren; his daughter Dr. Lynn Salzberger, and her spouse Dr. Dominick Cavuoti; his daughter Laura Greenberg; his grandchildren Hannah and Joseph Cavuoti; and Mira and David Greenberg; his sister’s children and grandchildren; his brother-in-law Steve Davis and his spouse Dorothy Davis, and many other loving relatives and friends.

Paul graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1956 and from the UT Law School in 1959 and practiced Commercial Real Estate and Bank Lending law in Dallas for nearly 50 years and Mediation for nearly 30 years, beginning with the firm of Passman and Jones and ending with the firm of Stewart and Salzberger; and Burdin Mediations. Paul served his country with the 36th Infantry Division, Texas National Guard and he served his community as an officer, director, trustee and/or pro bono lawyer for a number of organizations, including Campfire Boys and Girls, Dallas Symphony Guild, North Texas Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lions Club, Selective Services System, North Texas Reading Services for the Blind and Temple Emanu-El, among others. He loved big band music from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, together with classical music, and played his saxophone by ear along with his radio and recordings in tune with the popular songs/bands of the day, and he knew a great many classics well enough to hum them through, right along with their composers/performers. He had a dance band in high school and played in his high school band and orchestra and, in college, played in the ROTC band.

A quiet, private and unassuming man with a keen intellect, an “off the wall“ sense of humor and an unmatched sense of justice and fair play, Paul was an avid reader of “cop” and other mystery novels, enjoyed volunteering, loved hiking mountain trails in Colorado and elsewhere with his family and dogs, solving puzzles, practicing yoga, polishing rocks discovered along the trails and stream beds he traversed, camping with his girls and their friends and ocean cruising with his family. Joan and Paul always had a houseful of greatly loved pets and, when not at work or spending time with his family, Paul could usually be found at home laboring in any one or more of his many vegetable and/or flower gardens.

Paul truly believed that his greatest accomplishment in life occurred in Acapulco, Mexico. Early one morning while on the beach with Joan, he rescued (unbeknown to him) the children of the Ambassador to Mexico from Nicaragua, who had been caught up in and dragged under and away from shore by the infamous Acapulco undertow.

A graveside service will be private. Memorials may be made to Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society or a charity of your choice. Paul and his family thank Jeannie Dyer for her service as Paul’s “care person” for the closing years of his life.

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Arch Pardue

May 7, 2021

We lost an exceptional man this past week. Paul Salzberger was my lawyer, trustee, and mediator for more than 50 years. I considered him my special friend; he guided me through good times and bad. Paul often talked about his dogs and hiking through the mountains, and how much he enjoyed his time with his family. His vacations seemed to always be on hiking trails as he and Joan took to the trails together - my special love and thanks to Joan as she permitted me many times to drop by the house in order for Paul to help with my issues. Paul will truly be missed - and if I could have one wish it would be that when I grow up, I could be just like my friend of 50 years, Paul Salzberger.

Larry & Mary Ackels

May 4, 2021

A MIGHTY OAK HAS FALLEN! Paul was a man of honor, integrity and humility. He was our colleague, mentor, role model, counselor and friend. And he never stopped fighting the good fight! He was a steady voice of reason and calm in a sometimes volatile world and set an example of professional excellence for all of us to follow. He was one of the finest men I have ever known and it was my great fortune to call him my dear friend and fellow attorney and mediator. May our Heavenly Father ease your grief and leave only the cherished memories of his loving ways. And may his memory be eternal. Larry & Mary Ackels and The Ackels Family.

Nancy (Lee) Cellier

May 4, 2021

I have wonderful memories of my time as Paul's secretary from 1964 to 1966. He was the kindest and most honorable man to ever grace this earth. He always spoke so lovingly of his wife, Joanie and his daughters, Laurie and Lynnie as he referred to them. If God ever needs advice, legal or otherwise, He need look no farther than Paul Salzberger.

Jay Patterson

May 4, 2021

Paul was the model for us all to follow of a highly professional lawyer and mediator who served others well. He was as gracious and considerate person as I knew. He had the gift of encouragement and always made others around him feel better about themselves. I am very grateful for his service to others and his high standard of excellence. I will miss him.
Jay Patterson
Former Judge, 101st District Court of Dallas County
Retired Attorney-Mediator

Jack & Marsha Feuer

May 3, 2021

Our thoughts are with the family on this sad occasion. We so
Enjoyed knowing and being with Paul, Joan and their families over the past 50 years. May his memory bring joy and comfort and lasting peace to all who mourn.
Jack & Marsha

John Larson

May 3, 2021

I cherish my friendship with Paul which started some 50 years ago when we worked together on a mutual client. It was always a joy to work with Paul, something I always looked forward to. And I loved that humor of his. Joanie, I want you to know that, no matter how saddened I am at this time, even the slightest memory of Paul will bring a smile to my face..
Love and prayers
John Larson

David Davis

May 2, 2021

We were so sorry to learn of Paul's passing, but now is free from his Parkinson's disorder.

Back in the 70's I was in Dallas for an ophthalmology meeting and was driving on one of the freeways when I was pulled over by a Dallas policeman. He would not tell me why he pulled me over, (and was not particularly nice about it) told me to be quiet and put me through all the DWI tests which I passed easily, having not had any alcohol. Another patrol car stopped and that policeman asked if he needed to help. I felt like, "Oh sh--! What is going on here? Texas highway justice on a Californian?" I was very concerned and uncomfortable, to say the least. Finally after about 20 -30 minutes he said I changed lanes without signals and gave me a ticket. (I learned this was the weekend of the Texas-OU game) I was so mad I contacted Paul and told him I wanted to put this in the newspaper. Paul said to me, "if you do that, the Judge who is a stickler, will order an arrest warrant on you for when you return to Texas. I will talk to the judge and get the fine reduced and you should best live with that". So, I did. But, I was very mad about it for a long time.
We will miss Paul. Love, David and Kalani