Remembering campus safety officer Tony Salvo

Photo Courtesy of Ursinus Communications

Harrison Callahan

Anthony (Tony) Salvo, age 69, a former Ursinus campus safety officer, passed away on Thursday, December 12th, 2019. According to his obituary on, Salvo was born in Norristown, PA, to the late Thomas Salvo and the late Margaret Salvo. He held several jobs, including at Genuardi’s in Norristown and as a nurse’s aid at Norristown State Hospital, served in the Army during the Vietnam War, and attended San Jose Bible College, before coming to Ursinus to work in campus safety.

Salvo came to Ursinus in 2000 and worked here until 2014. As a campus safety officer, it was his duty to protect the campus and its students. He was well liked by his co-workers. He was regarded by his fellow officer, Anthony Bruno, as, “one of the kindest and most sincerely caring [people] that [Anthony] has met,” who “always put others first.” Said Bruno, “I can’t remember a time when he had a bad word to say about anyone. Tony was always offering a cup of coffee as he did when he picked me up in the golf cart to escort me to my job interview back in 2008.” Officer Chris Wilcox said, “He would always have a kind word and enjoyed talking to students about anything. Tony loved riding the bicycle on campus, you could always find him out and about with students.”

The Ursinus college website has dedicated a page to Tony Salvo for anyone interested. On it, outgoing Associate Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator Kimberly Taylor is quoted saying,” Tony was infectiously optimistic and made everyone he met feel immediately welcome with his enthusiastic smile and often an offer of coffee. I hope you will all raise your mug to him.”

Anthony Salvo was a valued member of our community. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Joy Salvo and two children, Tommy and Laurel, both of whom are graduates of Ursinus. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Valley View Community Church, 778 Sunnyside Avenue, Audubon, PA 19403.