Michael H. Salzman; Former Head of Los Angeles Housing Authority


Michael H. Salzman, former executive director of the Los Angeles Housing Authority, has died at his retirement home in Santa Barbara. He was 75.

Helen Salzman, his wife of 52 years, said he died Thursday. He had been suffering from the effects of a 1987 stroke.

Salzman, formerly of Long Beach, served as head of the housing agency from 1971 until his retirement in 1979. Before that appointment, he was a principal planner for the city of Los Angeles. He had also worked for the California Division of Highways.


A World War II Navy veteran, Salzman taught business and economics at Cal State Long Beach and at USC before going into government service.

He wrote the book “New Water for a Thirsty World,” with a forward by the novelist Aldous Huxley.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Gil and Steve.

Contributions in Salzman’s name may be made to the National Organization for Women, the Sierra Club or the Jewish National Fund at 6380 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 808, Los Angeles 90048.