January 7, 1928 – March 13, 2016
George Salton passed away on Sunday March 13, 2016, surrounded by his family after a valiant struggle with sudden illness. He was 88 years old. During the Holocaust, when his parents were forced to leave him at the age of 14, their parting wish was that George grow up to be a mensch. Everyone who knew George would say that he more than fulfilled their wish. George was wise, warm, kind and intelligent. Most of all he loved and took great joy from his family. Having survived ten concentration camps, he immigrated to the United States in 1948. While serving in the U.S. Army, George met the love of his life, Ruth. They married and raised three children, while George worked as an electronics technician for the Air Force and attended college at night. He earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in physics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. George had a distinguished career with the Department of Defense, eventually becoming the Director of Defense Communications at the Pentagon. In that role, he was responsible for the development and acquisition of world-wide telecommunications, command and control systems. After 35 years of government service, he accepted an executive position in the aerospace industry. Upon retirement, George became a noted author and speaker about his Holocaust experiences. His book, The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir , was published by The University of Wisconsin Press. George lectured nationally at schools, universities, synagogues, churches and conferences. In 2005, he was invited to speak in Germany at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Wobbelin concentration camp along with the U.S. Army officer who led the unit that liberated George and the surviving prisoners. Together with Ruth, George founded the Palm Beach chapter of Leah and, thereafter Insight, organizations dedicated to the education of young people about the Holocaust. George is survived by his wife Ruth of 63 years, children Henry Salton and wife Kathryn Calibey, Alan Salton and wife Vicki Salton, and Anna Eisen and husband Dr. David Eisen; his grandchildren Daniel and Sarah Salton, Benjamin and Joshua Salton, Erica and Aaron Eisen and step-grandson Matthew Vecchio. Services will be held at Wednesday, March 16th at noon at the Star of David Funeral Home, 9321 Memorial Park Road, West Palm Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to Temple Judea, 4311 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410.
- Chapel Service Wednesday, March 16, 2016
April 1, 2017
I was lucky enough to have met this man and his lovely wife when I was only 12 years old and first learning about the Holocaust. I'm of German descent and was confused about whether or not Germans were good people, due to what they put the Jewish people through. George Salton told me I was of the good German people and "special" because my generation needs to carry on the story of what happened to the innocent all those years ago. I only met him briefly, but I'll never forget how he made me feel that day. He was a wonderful man and very honest about his past, even though it hurt him to speak about. His wife was equally a delight to meet and I cannot offer enough of my condolences to her and their family. They have truly lost a treasure from this world.
October 17, 2016
I have just finished reading Mr. Salton's book for the third time. Each time I wonder how his young body could have taken such extended abuse and continued living. God did have a plan for him and I am so happy to discover from the internet, that Mr. Salton had a loving family and such a distinguished career. Now, he is reunited with his beloved parents and other family members from his youth. I wanted to pay my respects to this fine man who was so filled with honor and courage. God bless you, Mr. Salton.
Barbara Bruetsch-Cockrell Kansas City, Missouri
October 3, 2016
MY husband Derrick Barnett the General mgr who passed away always spoke so highly about your husband George. I found his book that he gave to Derrick signed by him. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but I will treasure his book and you will always be remembered in my prayers. Margaret Barnett
March 18, 2016
It is a comfort to know George enjoyed the love of his exceptional family and experienced a joyous life after his horrific experiences during the Holocaust. We will remember his talents, most of all writing his incredible memoir, The 23rd Psalm. It will surely preserve his memory.
March 17, 2016
Phil and I extend our heartfelt sympathy. We read his his book and will never forget him.
Jane and Phil Silverberg
March 17, 2016
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the sad turn of events that befell George.
Fondly, Millie and Larry Selinger
Linda and Alan Mauskopf
March 17, 2016
George was A very special man with a very special wife...Ruth. In tribute to George let us all help Ruth get through this difficult time and let us help her in any way we can. Unfortunately we can no longer help George but we can help the love of his life Ruth.
March 16, 2016
We are honored to have known George as a BallenIsles' neighbor. We will remember him as a very special person and will miss him greatly. He always had a friendly greeting - no matter what. We are sorry we're not in Florida and were not able to attend his memorial service today. Nathan and Rebecca Cohen