Professor Bernard Samuel Silberman, 87

Professor Emeritus Bernard Silberman, age 87. Born in Detroit on November 26, 1930, he passed away at the University of Chicago Medical Center on April 28, 2018, after a brief illness. Professor Silberman came to The University of Chicago Political Science Department in 1975 from Duke University and served as its chair from 1982 to 1985, and again in 1992. He was a dedicated and imaginative teacher of both undergraduates and graduate students; he received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2001.

As important to him as his work was Professor Silberman’s family. He was the loving husband of Pauline Silberman, nee Lipschitz; cherished father of Natalie (Mark) Wainwright, Sharon (Donald Hummels) Silberman-Hummels and Andrea Jessica Silberman; adored grandfather of Callista Beth Wainwright, Sinéad Elizabeth Wainwright and Raymond Tzvi Silberman Hummels; brother of the late Sara Tigel and Jack Silberman; uncle of Phillip Tigel, Andrew (Vicki) Silberman, Eve (John Hilton) Silberman and Alex Silberman, and great uncle to Jake and Michael Silberman.

A memorial service will be held for Professor Silberman on Friday, May 25, at Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive, Chicago, 60637, at 12:30 p.m. in the East Room. A reception will follow in the Lounge from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice. For more information, please call Chicago Jewish Funerals –847-229-8822.