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A death

From: Mary W. Ballard <ballardm>
Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2001
Max Saltzman obituary

>From the New York Times, April 1, 2001:

    On February 26, 2001 in Los Angeles, California. Max's health
    had steadily declined for the last year and he died peacefully
    during the night. He is survived by his wife Barbara Fish,
    M.D., his son Mark and two grandchildren. Born on April 17th,
    1917 in Brooklyn, NY, Max received his B.S. degree in chemistry
    from the College of the City of New York in 1936. During World
    War II, he was in civilian service with the Chemical Warfare
    Service. Following the war, Max joined the technical staff of
    Harmon Colors (later a part of Allied Chemical Corporation).

    From 1945 to 1961 he served in various research and development
    positions in the field of color pigments and color measurement.
    From 1961 to 1973 he held several management positions at the
    corporate headquarters of Allied. He retired as manager of color
    technology in 1973. He was also an Adjunct Professor for 20
    years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Color Measurement
    Laboratory. He was the co-author of the 1966 classic "Principles
    of Color Technology" (2nd Ed. 1981) which was recently updated
    by R. Berns. The book's philosophy reflected Max's penchant for
    quality control and common sense.

    After retirement Max was able to devote his full attentions to
    his passion for colorants and their history. His interest began
    during the early 1950's while at Harmon Colors. He was often
    consulted on color and colorant issues by New York City museums
    such as the Museum of Natural History. In 1973, Max moved to Los
    Angeles and soon established a color laboratory in the Institute
    of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of
    California at Los Angeles. Through this new laboratory, he
    performed research on ancient dyestuffs and the applications of
    color technology to art conservation science.

    A Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic
    and Artistic Works, he was asked to present the George L. Stout
    Memorial Lecture in 1984, one of their most prestigious honors.
    In 1986, he received the Macbeth Award from the Inter-Society
    Color Council for his pioneering research in dye identification
    of ancient textiles. The week before his death, the ISCC voted
    to give him the 2001 Godlove Award for his lifelong
    contributions to the field of color. He was also a members of
    the American Chemical Society, the American Association of
    Textile Chemists and Colorists, the Society of Plastic
    Engineers, the Optical Society of America, the Society of Dyers
    and Colourists (U.K.), The Colour Group (Great Britain), the Dry
    Color Manufacturers Association, the Los Angeles Society for
    Coatings Technology, and the Federation of Societies for Paint
    Technology. In 1967, he received the Federation's Armin J.
    Bruning Award. In Max's memory, a fund has been established to
    support student research in art conservation science using color
    technology. Donations to this fund should be made out to

        Rochester Institute of Technology
        Saltzman Fund and sent to Roy Berns
        RIT Center for Imaging Science
        54 Lomb Memorial Drive
        Rochester, New York 14623-5604

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:61
                  Distributed: Thursday, May 10, 2001
                       Message Id: cdl-14-61-001
Received on Wednesday, 9 May, 2001

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