Michael Silver passed away peacefully on Aug. 19, 2014, in the company of his family, due to complications from leukemia.
Michael was born on Jan. 30, 1948, in Landsberg, Germany, to Esther and Norman Silver, both Holocaust survivors. In 1949, his family moved to Omaha. Michael was a 1966 graduate of Omaha Central High. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.
Michael committed his professional career, which spanned over 44 years, to public education. Beginning in 1971, he worked as a social studies teacher in St. Louis and then advanced to administrative positions in the Parkway School District. In 1986, Michael was appointed superintendent of the Tukwila School District in Tukwila, Washington, a position he held for 17 years. In 2003, Michael was a Clinical Associate at the University of Washington College of Education. From 2004 until his death, Michael served as Associate Professor and Director of Education and Administration in the College of Education at Seattle University, where he taught graduate-level students, designed a program to train new principals, and served as Department Chair of Professional Studies.
Michael was a visionary leader and an inspiring teacher and mentor. Through his dedication, wisdom, hard work, and compassion, he impacted thousands of students and educators. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League and the Educational Advisory Board of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center.
Above all, Michael was an incredibly devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be deeply missed by all who loved him. Michael is survived by his wife of 43 years, Beverley; by his children Sabina Shapiro and husband Evan, and Joe Silver and wife Meghan; by his mother Esther Silver; by his brother Ed Silver and family; and by his greatest joys, his grandchildren Gabrielle and Alec Shapiro.
Funeral services were held on Aug. 21, 2014 at the Arthur A. Wright Chapel in Seattle, with Rabbi Daniel Weiner officiating. Memorials may be made to the Institute for Holocaust Education.