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SILVERSTEIN, JEROME Jerome Silverstein, 88, died peacefully at his home in Clinton, CT on November 19, 2012. He was the youngest son of Philip and Sadie Silverstein of Brooklyn, NY, pre-deceased by his brothers and sisters: Rabbi Ralph Silverstein, Deborah Freedman, Yvette Griesman, Milton Silverstein and Ruth Brooks. Jerry attended Thomas Jefferson HS, Brooklyn College and Teachers College, Columbia. He was a Sergeant in the US Army during WWII, serving for three years in England, France and Germany, and returning to marry his college sweetheart, Selma Halpern, of Bronx, NY. Jerry's career spanned over fifty years in theater, radio and television. He was a pioneer in educational broadcasting, and received nineteen major awards, including an Emmy Award, two Emmy nominations, and six Ohio State awards. He performed on hundreds of radio shows and was producer/writer/host of over fifteen television series. Two of his Ohio State Awards were for "Places in the News", his long-running current events show, produced at WNYE, Channel 25, NY, and carried on 125 channels in forty states from Maine to Alaska and abroad. Jerry was also on the faculty at Teachers College, where he taught a highly-regarded course in educational television production. On the stage, Jerry performed and directed in eight seasons of summer theater, and in countless off-broadway and regional productions. In retirement, he and Selma traveled widely, and participated in many civic and community organizations in New York and in Clinton, the town they had first discovered in 1952 when working in summer theater. Jerry volunteered with the Veterans Bedside Network and with Plays for Living, served on the board of the George Flynn Foundation, coordinated the Patient Players at Yale Medical School, and had joyous times with his many dear friends in the Clinton Amateur Theatrical Society. To his immeasurable grief, Selma pre-deceased him in 2002 after 55 years of shared adventure. Despite this great loss, Jerry remained brave and vigorous until the end, rejoicing in the Colonial house he and Selma had lovingly restored over fifty years and in the towering trees and perennial gardens they had planted. Even days before his death, with limited speech, his comic timing was perfect, bringing smiles and laughter to those around him. Jerry is survived by his son, Kenneth Silverstein, of Los Angeles, CA, to whom he will always be a hero of the Greatest Generation. A private memorial service will be held later in the year.


Published in New Haven Register on Dec. 16, 2012
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