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Herman Silbiger

1930 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
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Herman Silbiger

Herman Silbiger was born September 10, 1930 in The Hague in The Netherlands to Sera and Edgar Silbiger. He spent his childhood in Holland until their family escaped during WW2. He escaped with his parents and his younger brother Lex. Several of his close relatives escaped as well, but his grandparents did not survive. He is very close to his brother Lex. During the escape they only had each other for companionship and have remained bonded his entire life.

He is survived by his devoted wife Joan of 45 years. He is also survived by his two children, Julie Kaye and her husband Peter and their two children Evan and Alexandra, and Russ Silbiger. he is also survived by two step children, Marcus Lesseur and his two children Shawna and Katie, and Gabrielle and her husband Milton Denson and their two children Danielle and David.

Herman earned his Ph D. from Wayne State University, which still astounded him, as he wasn't expecting that he would be able to muster the discipline to get this accomplished.

He combined his undergraduate engineering degrees with his Ph D to have a 40+ year career in telecommunications, employed at Bell Labs from the 1960's and then going out on his own in his 60's to develop his own clientele in standards work.

He was a member of the Institute of Electronic and Electoral Engineers, the American Psychological Association, and the Acoustical Society.

Herman enjoyed a 50 + year member of the Monmouth Boat Club. He was proud of being a good sailor, due his keen sensitivity about the environment. Known for living life his own way, he enjoyed traveling internationally.

Herman had great love for children and his 6 grandchildren. He was especially grateful for the extended time he was able to spend with Shawna, his first grandchild.

These last years were tough on Herman, having to give up sailing, his revered sports car hobby, and traveling as his health declined.

At the center of his life was his love for Joan. They were together over 45 years and were wonderful in supporting each other through many transitions in life. He always said that meeting and marrying Joan was the luckiest things that ever happened to him, "She is the most supportive person to me. There were so many good times."

A Memorial Service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 West Front. Street Lincroft NJ on November 18 at Noon. Memorial gifts may be made in Herman's honor to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 15, 2017
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