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Chapel Hill, NC -- Dr. Martin Yale Silberberg, 87, born February 12, 1930, died Thursday morning March 30, 2017 at his home in Chapel Hill, NC. The child of immigrants, Dr. Silberberg -- known to most people as "Marty" -- was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A product of New York City public schools he graduated from Lafayette High School and received his bachelor's degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He was inducted into both the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies and went on to receive his masters and doctorate of engineering from Yale University. Dr. Silberberg worked as an executive with IBM for 32 years -- including three years living in Tokyo with his family and working for IBM Japan. At IBM he received multiple awards of excellence in recognition of his work throughout the globe. Always generous with his time and skills, he volunteered and served many organizations that shared his life-long commitment to social justice. In recognition of his service as Chair of the Board of FEDCAP he was honored with the Leo Mayer Award. Dr. Silberberg also served as President of New York State Common Cause and was an active and early member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement. He loved and lived by Plutarch's saying "If all the world were just, there would be no need for valor." Dr. Silberberg was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Irene Silberberg, and his very special aunt Betty Levine. Dr. Silberberg is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kayla Goldreich Silberberg -- with whom he traveled the world "leaving no stone unturned" -- his daughters Mina Ruth Silberberg (Kerry Haynie) and Eve Silber, and his granddaughter Olivia Rose Haynie -- to all of whom he passed on his great love of music. A graveside funeral service will be held 11:00a.m. Sunday, April 2, 2017 officiated by Rabbi Jen Feldman (Chapel Hill Kehillah Cemetery, 4826 Trenton Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517). Memorial donations can be made to one's favorite charity that contributes to healing the world. Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneral

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Published in New York Times on Apr. 2, 2017.
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April 14, 2017
Although I didn't know Martin Silberberg, his life's actions resonate as those of a humane, ethical person. Condolences to his family.
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