Howard “Howie” Salmon

Howard "Howie" Salmon
Howard “Howie” Salmon

Howard “Howie” Malcolm Salmon, 52, died Aug. 7, 2014, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Salmon was a well-known artist in the Tucson community.

“He was instrumental in the development of the Jewish Arts Alliance in 2002. In fact, he was the only director,” says Susan Silverman, former director of arts and culture at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. “Howard taught Jewish art at Pima Community College and was active in studying, promoting and creating Jewish art in Tucson. He was truly a Renaissance artist, musician, filmmaker, writer and more. Howard really brought art to the people.”

Mr. Salmon received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Arizona in 1989.

His most recent exhibit, “Buzzword Magic,” will be on display at the JCC Fine Arts Gallery until Aug. 13.

Mr. Salmon was predeceased by his father, Dr. Sydney E. Salmon, and his daughter, Susann Rachel Salmon.

Survivors include his wife, Jai Lehmann; his mother, Joan E. Salmon; siblings, Julia (Jerry Lefkowitz) Salmon, Russell (Angela) Salmon, Stewat (Sosan Moussa) Salmon, all of Tucson; and Laura  (Steve) Levine of Marietta, Ga.; and mother-in-law, Augustine Lehman.

Services were held Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and cantorial soloist Marjorie Hochberg officiating.  Burial  followed in the Temple Emanu-El section of Evergreen Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Road. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susann R. Salmon Memorial Fund, c/o Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, 3567 E. Sunrise Drive, Suite 143, Tucson, AZ 85718.