Frank L. Salzmann, III, 89, of Tunkhannock went peacefully home to the Lord Monday, October 9, 2023, at home with his wife by his side. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Joyce (Hefferan) Ross Salzmann.
Born on November 10, 1933, in Baltimore, MD, he is the son of the late Frank L. and Helen (Bartlett) Salzmann.
He graduated from Shades Valley High School in 1951 before embarking on his academic journey at Auburn University. It was at Auburn where Frank's love for mathematics began to flourish. He achieved academic excellence and obtained a Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degree in the subject he held dear.
His dedication to shaping young minds extended beyond the classroom walls as he authored the influential book "Matrix Theory and Its Applications," which became an integral part of his teaching curriculum.
Frank led an active and fulfilling life. A lover of both adventure and nature, he found solace on the open water while sailing or exploring the depths through scuba diving. These recreational pursuits allowed him to immerse himself in the beauty of the world around him.
Frank's kindness and caring nature were evident in all aspects of his life. Whether lending a helping hand to a struggling student, offering guidance to a friend in need, or volunteering to tutor students in his retirement, he was always there with a warm smile and words of encouragement. His compassion touched the lives of those fortunate enough to know him.
In addition to his academic achievements, Frank's community involvement was equally notable. He served on the city council for Oviedo, FL—dedicating his time and efforts to improving the lives of local residents. This commitment is a testament to Frank's unwavering devotion to making a positive impact on society.
Outside of his professional duties, Frank's talents extended into the realm of craftsmanship. He took great pleasure in crafting furniture with his grandfather’s original Shopsmith, rehabilitating old homes, and building electric cars ahead of their time.
Frank's legacy also includes his service as an Air Force cadet from 1954 to 1955. This experience instilled in him a sense of discipline and duty that he carried throughout his life.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Angelique Gillespie and husband Brandon; stepchildren, Kenni Ross Parr and husband Robert, Frank Ross and wife Helene, John Ross; grandchildren, Alic and Austin Jordan, Mary, John, Sarah, Zachary, and Joseph Ross, Matthew, Jesse, Daniel, Samuel, Maryn, Aubrey, and Lily Parr, Kendall Mowry, Hannah Brown; 13 great grandchildren; nieces, Lynn Carpenter, Kim Piper, and Mary Piper Waters; nephew John Piper; his special little sister, Linda Clarke.
He is preceded in death by his dear sister, Helen Kerns.
Frank Salzmann will be fondly remembered for the incredible intellect he shared with students, the warmth he brought to those around him, and the deep love he held for mathematics. He leaves behind a profound impact on both the academic community and the countless individuals who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him.
Family and friends are invited to attend Frank’s memorial service which will be held on Saturday October 14, 2023, at 3:00 PM from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
A visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until the time of service on Saturday.
The family would like to extend deep appreciation to Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the care that they provided to Frank.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Frank’s name to Hospice or the charity of your choice.