Michael Saltzman


Saltzman, Michael, 75, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at home.  Born in Providence, RI, a son of the late Arthur and Sally (Gellerman) Saltzman, he was a longtime resident of Columbia, MD, previously living in Cranston, RI. He graduated from Cranston East High School and from the University of Rhode Island in 1967 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He obtained his first Master’s Degree in Computer Science/Operations Research from American University in 1974 and his second from John Hopkins University in 1987.

Michael worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) Department of Defense (DOD) in Fort Meade, MD from 1967 to 1990. He was the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Training Etc. in Columbia until 2015, at which time the business was acquired by the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Training Centers.   Michael remained with the UMBC until retiring in June 2018. Over the course of his life, Michael developed extensive course materials in various computer languages, which the DOD, National Training Vendors, and numerous universities have used as instructional materials. In 2002, Prentice Hall published two of his books, Modern Perl Programing and Perl NET. Michael was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast and enjoyed reading. However, his greatest passion and joy was following the Boston Red Sox and he could reel off player histories and statistics going back decades.

Dear brother of Judy Bergel and her husband, Arthur, of Cranston, and the late Joel Saltzman. Loving uncle of Steven Bergel, Lori Kreidberg, Rhonda Ward, Brian Saltzman, Lisa Love and Jodi Siegel. Cherished companion of Nancy Valley.  Michael will be missed by his many close friends and extended family.

Funeral services will be private. A virtual shiva will be held, details to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.


  1. Sharon Finn
    May 11, 2020

    Dear Judy,
    I am so sorry to read this. I want you to know that I send my love and a virtual hug. We all go back so many years and all those memories come flooding back.
    We did reconnect a few years ago and it was so nice to reminisce about our childhood.
    Sharon Finn

  2. Marilyn Myrow
    May 11, 2020

    Dear Judy and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. Even though I haven’t seen him in a long time our families go way back for many years.
    My deepest condolences to you.

    Marilyn Myrow

  3. Rhoda Strauss
    May 11, 2020

    Dear Judy & Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family.


  4. Patricia Ordonez
    May 12, 2020

    My deepest condolences. Michael was a very special man and he made an indelible mark on my life. I will always be grateful for all he has done for me and I will miss his humor and his friendship.

    Patricia Ordóñez

  5. Gilbert E. Oden
    May 12, 2020

    Dear Judy & Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I remember your family very well.
    I was a very good friend of Mikes in Park View Junior High & Cranston High. We bowled, played ping pong in your parents cellar, played baseball, APBA baseball (board game), basketball at Dolans Drugs, and had many great times/laughs together. Have been in touch with Mike over the years (Z Bar & Grill in Prov. a few yrs ago & High school reunions). God be with you.
    Gil Oden

  6. Kitty Knill
    May 12, 2020

    Judy, you dont know me, but I met Michael on a dating website and we dated for a short very enjoyable time. He was so funny and likable. We eventually went our separate ways but I’ll always treasure knowing him. I just saw the Facebook post about his passing. My sincerest condolences. RIP.

  7. Wayne Kettelle
    May 12, 2020

    To all of Mike’s extended family… my condolences. Just texted Mike a few weeks ago, Was not aware he was ill. So sad to lose people we have known from our past. Mike and I and Gil Oden and Mike Borrelli and Joe Higgins and Dave Tishler and several others knew each other and were good friends in our High School years.
    I remember when Mike’s Dad took him and I to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play. I also remember hitch hiking with Mike all the way to Cape Cod! hehe!! Those were the days!!!
    Once again, sorry for your loss. I’m sure you have many cherished memories.

  8. Paula Domenico
    May 13, 2020

    Dear Judy and family,
    Please know that I am thinking of you during this time of loss. I remember so many stories about Michael and his sense of humor. He was a happy part of your life and your past. It’s so difficult to lose a sibling; they are our connection to our parents and our past life. I wish you and your family my deepest condolences.
    With sympathy,

  9. cherie brownstein
    May 13, 2020

    Although we have not seen each other in quite awhile, I have the best of memories of our friendship dating back to College Park in the mid 70′s. He was bright, funny, cryptic and clever. I enjoyed his humor and sarcasm. There was a genuine warmth and kindness and he was a good friend. The world has lost a good guy.
    May his memory always be a blessing to all who knew him

  10. Kevin
    May 14, 2020

    Very sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. Mike was a great guy and I enjoyed his company on the golf course now and again.

  11. Leigh Nelson Shuck
    May 17, 2020

    Mike’s passing will leave holes in the hearts of his family and friends. Although he brought much joy to those around him, many of us are glad he can now rest in peace and I hope all who loved him can take some solace in this.

  12. rhoda broomfield
    May 18, 2020

    Dear Judy and Family, Although I have never met your brother, I am sure he was special to you, It’s not easy losing a family member but try to think of good memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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