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Mark N. Silverman

Company E-2

15 Apr 1939 – 1 May 2005

Place of Death: Key Biscayne, FL

Interment: West Point Cemetery


Mark Silverman passed away at 11 pm on 1 May in Key Biscayne, Florida, of complications after a gallant four year battle with a slow growing tumor on his brain stem.

Services for Mark were held on Tuesday, May 17th at 10:00 AM at the West Point Jewish Chapel followed by burial with full military honors in the West Point Cemetery.  A reception followed.

Attending the service were:
Chaplain Carlos Huerta, West Point Jewish Chapel
Trish Silverman, wife
Tamra Raven, daughter
Andrew Silverman, son
Harry Silverman, brother
Rabbi Steven Jacobs, childhood friend/high school classmate
Mario Fiori, colleague (Department of Energy)
Dana Lindsay, colleague (Department of Energy - Rocky Flats)

Condolences can be sent to Mark's wife Trish and family at 177 Ocean Lane Drive, #1204, Key Biscayne, FL  33149-1437.  Trish's phone number is (305) 361-2412.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: NPR Foundation, 635 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001-3752 or West Point Jewish Chapel Fund, P. O. Box 84, West Point, NY 10996.

Mark, Well Done, be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\E-2 Mark Silverman.pdf

Mark Silverman Has Inoperable Brain Tumor and Would Like to Hear From Classmates 

It is with a heavy heart, that Shane Olshansky shares details of his recent visit with Mark and Trish Silverman.  Mark has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  It has steadily impaired his functioning to the point that he has just started receiving hospice care at his apartment in Key Biscayne ,FL.  He is still quite alert and can understand most of what you say, but his speech is greatly impaired and it is difficult to understand much of what he says.

Mark would love to hear from Classmates.  I found him energized by our visit and appreciative of our reminiscing about the old days.  Trish, his wife of 25 years is doing a fantastic job tending to all his needs and keeping a positive atmosphere.

Excerpt from Mark Silverman Written Feature Article that ran in the May/Jun 1997 issue of ASSEMBLY  on Cleanup at Rocky Flats

Little did I know when I graduated in 1961 that the skills I would need in the post-Cold War era involved negotiations and building political coalitions.  The most daunting task I inherited in 1993 was to overcome the distrust, anger, and hostility between Rocky Flats and its stakeholders including the regulators, citizens, news media, and elected officials at all levels.  In order for Rocky Flats to get on with the task of reducing the risk and cleaning up the site, I would have to forge an alliance of environmentalists, peace activists, elected officials, and regulators.  This coalition was essential to our reaching a regulatory enforceable cleanup agreement with the State of Colorado and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Regaining a level of trust with the news media also was a key ingredient, as they were crucial to creating an environment in which a dialogue could proceed.

Perhaps this is the biggest lesson we need to learn and implement.  As we continue to ensure our nations' security, as we live up to our motto of "Duty; Honor; Country" we need to develop and employ different skills than just those needed on the battlefields for which West Point so ably trains us.  Now there are many different battlefields.  We must have the public's trust and confidence, we must communicate with them frequently, openly, and honestly.  We must never forget that our mission is to serve our nation, which we cannot do so unless we have the public's support.  We will only get and keep their support if we have earned their trust and confidence.

About the author:
Mark N. Silverman retired on 1 June 96 after nearly 34 years of Army and federal government service.  In June 1995, he was awarded the President's Rank of Distinguished Executive Service for his leadership in cleaning up Rocky Flats.

Click here to read entire article.

Best wishes to you all –

I thought I would take a moment to let friends know that my dad passed away peacefully May 1st at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida after bravely enduring a long battle with brain cancer. He lived with this illness for four years and did his best to fight it every day, and did so with courage and even an inspiring sense of humor.

In light of his passing, I felt compelled to share a little bit about his life and accomplishments.

He was an incredible man who dedicated his life to making a difference. He had a wonderful spirit, was vibrant, smart, caring and committed. He loved teaching me about golf, running me around in circles on the basketball court, taking road trips and eating desserts (any nearby – i.e. he got great pleasure from eating half my ice cream in one bite or drinking my soda in one gulp). I remember long car rides merrily filled with music; he would sing (not necessarily on-key) or he’d take one hand off the wheel to “air-conduct” a classical concerto. He loved traveling and exploring new places, hiking, camping, biking and horseback riding. He had some memorable loves – he was greatly enamored with the sound  of the bagpipes, casually finishing a giant novel in one night, and dashing off scores of memos (at one of his jobs he was known as the “Memo King”). He also enjoyed giving hugs.

I am most proud of his accomplishments at Rocky Flats.  My dad was dedicated to making the world a safer place. He worked in environmental management and cleanup, defense, oil and gas regulation, and electric utility sectors. From 1993 to 1996, he was general manager of the Department of Energy’s Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site - the location of three of America’s “most dangerous buildings.” Here he led more than 5,000 employees in deactivating this nuclear weapons production complex, navigating his way through countless hurdles and miles of red tape. The site is now on its way to becoming a National Wildlife Refuge.

For his work at Rocky Flats (, my dad was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award by President Clinton in 1995 and the Secretary of  Energy’s Gold Medal Award in 1996. He retired from federal service in 1996, following 34 years of military and government service. He was also profiled in Time Magazine. Click here to see TIME article.

Stricken with polio at a young age, my dad nevertheless fulfilled his dream of attending West Point and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. At West Point, he was part of the Jewish Choir. He served four years in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. He earned a Master of Arts degree from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania and also served as an Adjunct Professional at the University of Denver.

Many of you knew he was ill and I just wanted to connect with you and thank you for the encouragement and support you’ve been kind enough to provide.

All my love, Tamra

I’m so glad that so many were able to be with you and your family for Mark’s service.   Mark was truly a dear Friend to Pat, myself and our Classmates.   He knew each of us independently and collectively, all in a different way … but similarly, in that he never failed to express his own personal sentiments or demonstrate his faithful and enduring friendship with us all.   But, after hearing all his family speak, we are all honored and most thankful to have known Mark, as it is now readily apparent that we each were merely treated like family … where each of us shared our own small part of Mark’s life and world. 

 It is obvious to me that Mark was what I always knew him to be … consistent, true as North … an unwavering Friend, respected Classmate; an outstanding individual who never gave anything less than the very best he could deliver … as just simply a great human being or dedicated professional in serving his Country. The record speaks for itself !

I can assure you, Mark lives on in my heart and mind … in the very same place he has always occupied for all these past years … and shall for years to come.

God bless him, all his good deeds and his great memory … as well as yourself, Trish, all your Family … and lifelong friends.  

Bruce Shroyer