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David M. Silverstone, Ed.D, age 93, of Monroe and Stratford CT, beloved husband of the late Helen Laura Silverstone, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2013.He was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 22, 1919, and was the son of the late Isadore and Ida Silverstone. He graduated from Erasmus High School in 1937, where he was the New York City handball champion. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1941. After teaching Latin for one year, he entered the U.S. Army. He saw combat in Europe and South Africa, earning two silver stars and a purple heart with three clusters. While recuperating in San Francisco, he met his future wife, Helen, at a USO dance. Following his discharge from the Army, he returned to New York, where he earned an MA in Latin and Greek; an MA in Education from New York University, and an Ed.D from Columbia University. In 1955 he joined the University of Bridgeport as a Professor of Education and Audio Visual Director. He retired from the university in 1990. He was a visiting professor at Michigan State, University of Glasgow and Yale University. His role as a graduate instructor allowed him to touch many of the senior educators in Fairfield County. It was a common occurrence for him to be stopped anyplace in the community by a former student to converse about "What's new?" And, there were many stories of how he assisted students, who's families could not afford the tuition of a private university. In the field of education, he authored five books and over two hundred articles. He also wrote a book about the life of Mark Twain, and as a tennis player, he subscribed to the Twainism, "Golf ruins a totally good walk." He served on the CT Governor's task force on higher education; past president of CT Education Association; past president of Industrial Electrical Engineers Association; past president of the CT Audio Visual Association. He served as a consultant to AT&T, Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Library, and IBM. He had two artisan craft hobbies, clock repair and stained glassmaking, and his skills were world class. His volunteer activities were numerous. In Monroe, he served as the chairman of the Park and Recreation Commission for thirty-five years. His leadership helped forge and guide the construction of Wolfe Park and Great Hollow Park. His contributions were recognized by the town, culminating in the naming of the street leading to Great Hollow Park as Doc Silverstone Drive. Although he attempted to be apolitical in local politics, the Democratic party named him "Man of the Year" in 1988. After 43 years in Monroe, he and Helen moved to Stratford's Oronoque Condominiums in 2000. His survivors include his son Bruce and wife, Pam of Trumbull; and his daughter Dale Klapper and husband Barry of North Caldwell, NJ; and four grandchildren: Jodi Silverstone of Natick, MA; Adam Silverstone of Monroe; Jared and Stacy Klapper of Northbrook, IL; and Darren Klapper of New York City; and great grandchildren Dylan and Hayden Klapper. Funeral service will take place at The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 21, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Avenue, Harford, CT 06105, or to a charity of anyone's choice.
Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 20, 2013