Graduate School News

Loss of a Dear Friend: Myron S. Silverman

October 17, 2008

Myron SilvermanMyron S. Silverman (Retired Assist. Dean, Graduate School), 93, died Friday morning (17 October 2008) at DuBose Health Center, Chapel Hill.

Myron grew up in Ellenville, NY, and graduated in 1937 with a B.S. in Bacteriology from Cornell. He earned an M.S. in Bacteriology from Cornell in 1938, and a Ph.D. in Bacteriology from U.C.- Berkeley in 1950.

During World War II, Myron was a major in the Army Sanitary Corps, and served as Head of the military research hospital in New Caledonia. In the course of his professional career, he held the position of Head of the Microbiology and Immunology Branch at the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory in San Francisco, was a research fellow for the National Cancer Institute, U.S. Public Health Service, at Guy's Hospital in London, and held a Fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In 1970, he was recruited by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and during his 25 year tenure, he was a Professor with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, a researcher with the UNC Dental Research Center, and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School.

Myron's research was extensively published. Much of his work concerned immunization against Yersinia pestis (Bubonic plague), but he also researched and published extensively about transplantation immunity, the effects of irradiation, and periodontal disease.

Survivors include: his niece, Susan Miller of Ann Arbor, MI, her husband, Allen Batteau; a grand nephew, Adam Miller-Batteau of Chicago; several cousins, and close friends, Charles Milone of Chapel Hill, and Peter Knutson of Durham.

The family welcomes friends at a memorial celebration of Myron's life between 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2008, at the Clubhouse Ballroom at the Cedars of Chapel Hill, 100 Cedars Club Circle, Chapel Hill. Interment will be at a family crypt in Frederick, MD.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Myron S. Silverman Endowment Fund, Attention: Mary Anne Larson, The Graduate Student Center, 211A West Cameron Avenue, Room 201, CB 5492, Chapel Hill NC 27599-5492

Myron S. Silverman memorial site and obituary