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Dr. Carl Saltarelli dies in San Antonio hospice

Dr. Carl Saltarelli dies in San Antonio hospice

Former TAMUK assistant professor Dr. Carl Saltarelli died due to surgical complications  June 9 in a San Antonio area hospice facility.

Saltarelli previously taught radio and television courses at the university. He also served as KTAI’s station manager for several years.

The former professor retired in the fall of 2012 after suffering a stroke.

Saltarelli is survived by his wife, Kailey, and his son, Nicholas.

Services for Dr. Carl Saltarelli will be June 15 at 1 p.m. at the Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home, 111 Rosewood Ave., in Boerne, TX.

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  1. There are so many good things to say about Salty. I think the thing I will most fondly remember is great laugh and smile. Even in the worst of times he had optimism and a smile that could inspire the same optimism in anyone he came in contact with. I often credit him and the KTAI radio station for introducing me to my husband. He was one of the greats. He touched so many lives. It is hard to believe that he has been called home. I know someday when we are called he will be there waiting with a hug, a smile and a pat on the back as he is excited to share what he has been doing all that time.

  2. He is also survived by his son Patrick that is not mentioned as well as his mother Flo Saltarelli…..
    Papa Dr. Saltarelli as known to my sons will be missed greatly. We had several memorable moments on fishing and hunting trips. He was a one of a kind person that taught me a lot.

  3. Not only was Dr. Carl Saltarelli a great professor, but he was also a wonderful friend. He knew the difference between “teaching facts” and “teaching students.” As a result, he maintained lifelong relationships with the students in his classes. He also served as a mentor and adviser to several student organizations.

    As I look back on my time at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, I remember the classes taught by Carl Saltarelli as something that I looked forward to. Just last weekend, I was photographing a lighthouse on the Northern California coast and remembered some of the tips that “Salt” offered.

    The lessons, instruction and advice that I received from Dr. Saltarelli will follow me throughout my life. He will be dearly missed.

  4. Kailey Saltarelli

    I think it is nice that the South Texan honored Carl with this article. Unfortunately, a lot of what is written is just simply not true. Journalism students should be led and taught by someone who knows the business. No article like this should ever be written without first checking facts.

    To set the record straight he did not die from surgical complications.
    He did not die in a San Antonio Hospice, he died in Boerne.
    He served as director of R/TV for 14 years.
    He did not retire in the fall, he retired March 31, 2013.
    He never had a stroke.

  5. Carl and I were close friends at UNT in the mid 70s
    I lost track of Carl after that til I found him via the internet a few years ago
    I had hoped to make a trip down to see him, then his health was compromised
    and now I find he has departed.
    So sorry I didn’t get to see him one more time!

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