It is with deep sadness that we inform the Temple University community of the passing on December 6 of Saul Katzman. Saul and his wife Faye contracted COVID-19. Faye is recovering at home. Saul fought as hard as he could, joking with the nurses all the way — as, knowing him, we expect that he would.
Saul joined the Temple family as Director of Finance and Operations at Temple Ambler in January 2003, coming to the University after 30 years with the University of Pennsylvania. He spent 45 years of his life ensuring that students had the highest quality education possible. He retired in 2018 but always remained an important, dedicated member of our family.
For many of us, Saul was our “Temple Dad,” and he wore that mantle as a badge of honor. He would listen to us. Laugh with us. Grieve with us. He was there for us no matter what.
For Saul, it was the setting, the ambiance, “and certainly the people,” that brought him to Temple Ambler in the first place. He loved the enthusiasm, tremendous energy, vision and vitality. What he loved most about the campus, he gave back to it in abundance.
Saul was one of Temple Ambler’s staunchest champions and woe to those who he felt were not treating the campus or its community respectfully. More than anything, however, he even made bad days better because you couldn’t help but smile when he walked into your office.
He was always quick with a smile and ready with a joke (often groanworthy but wonderful because of that fact), wisecrack and, of course, a story…or four…and willing to do whatever was necessary to ensure the success of any program or event. There were few events on campus where you wouldn’t find Saul helping to guide traffic or putting a few extra chairs where they were needed.
He cared…with all of his heart…and we loved him for it. He made the world a brighter place for being part of it. His loss is so very deeply felt. Saul was one of a kind and we are enriched that he was part of our lives.
Saul is survived by his wife of 51 years, Faye; sons, Marc (Donna) and Larry (Liz); and five grandchildren, Samantha, Alex, Felicia, Macy and Riley.
Services and interment are private due to COVID-19 restrictions. Contributions in his memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation at www.alzdiscovery.org or Old York Road Temple-Beth Am at www.oyrtbetham.org.
Our thoughts are with his family at this incredibly difficult time.