DURHAM<B> </B>—<B> </B>Robert Jerome Silverman, 87, of Oyster River Road, died on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at Hyder House Hospice in Dover after a prolonged illness.
He was born Nov. 24, 1922 in Chicago, Ill., the son of Max Aaron and Sarah (Banish) Silverman.
Robert received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1952 and was Professor of Mathematics at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, from 1962, until his retirement. He also held positions during his career at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and Cambridge University, England.
During World War II, he served as a meteorologist in the Army Air Corps in Puerto Rico. His resonant singing voice will be missed by his family and his many friends.
Robert is survived by his son, Peter (Patricia Lane) of Evanston, Ill.; his daughter, Abigail, of Durham; and three grandchildren, Alyssa of Chicago, Ill., Aaron of Evanston, Ill., and Leslie, of Durham.
He was predeceased by his wife, Frances "Fagel" (Kerstein) and his daughter, Laurel.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name either to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104, https://secure.splcenter.org/donations/donate/overview
or Hyder Family Hospice House, c/o Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833, www.seacoasthospice.org/index.cfm/Donations/
A private funeral service will be held.
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