Roberta Salvador, 53, Writer
by Glenn Weiser

Roberta Salvador, a writer and dear friend, passed away on November 8, 2009. Below I have written her obituary.- G.W.

"Give me thy mind and give me thy heart, give me thy offerings and adoration; and thus with thy soul in harmony, and making me thy goal supreme, thou shalt in truth come to me."
- Bhagavad-Gita, c. 9. v 34.

(Roberta Goldstein, left, accompanying film star Alan Arkin, right, in Hindu devotional singing in Hopewell Junction, NY in the1970s)

Roberta Salvador, 53, a writer and communications specialist in the education and non-profit fields for New York University’s School of Social Work, passed away on November 8th after a long illness.

Born Roberta Renee Goldstein on October 5th 1956, in Brooklyn, New York, she graduated from Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey in1974, and then graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University with a BA in English.

After college, Ms. Salvador spent over a decade in journalism, covering education technology for various magazines. She served as News and Reviews Editor of Electronic Learning at Scholastic, Inc., and was managing editor of The Heller Report. Additionally, she freelanced for several publications, including Creative Classroom, School PC, and Newsbytes, and was the author of The Best-Ever Web Sites for the Topics You Teach (Scholastic, Inc., 2000).

In 1985 she married Manuel Salvador, a prominent New York City luthier. They had two daughters, Keri and Victoria, and eventually settled in Laurence Harbor, New Jersey. Beyond her family, her sunny disposition, wit, and charm won her many loyal friends.

In the late 1990s she was a Senior Program Associate at the Asia Society, where she managed two education-related Web sites and contributed to cross-cultural programs. From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Salvador worked at Columbia University, first at the post of Associate Director of Communications at the National Commission on Teaching and America Future (NCTAF), and then as a Communications Specialist at Columbia’s National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College.

Ms. Salvador joined the New York University as a Communications Specialist in 2006, where she managed a range of communications projects.

            In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Ms. Salvador was a lifelong student of Eastern mysticism, and from 1976 to 1982 studied Hindu philosophy with the noted Bengali guru Swami Prahlad Chandra Brahmachari (1900-1982). She was also an accomplished singer and guitarist, and recordings of her performing Hindu devotional songs can be heard on, where she is referred to on the Disciples Pages by her spiritual name Binodini.

In addition to her husband and children, Roberta. Salvador is also survived by her father, Albert Goldstein, of Manchester, New Jersey, and a sister, Felice Morrocco, of Carlstadt, New Jersey.

In accordance with her wishes, a large memorial party took place at Sunny's Bar in Brooklyn's Red Hook district on November 21. Many fine musicians gave performances there in a concert that lasted well into the night.

-Glenn Weiser                                                                      Email:


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