Robert Silverman, Former MHCC President, Passes Away

Posted: July 24, 2013

Robert SilvermanRobert Silverman, president of Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) 2001 – 2007, passed away July 22 due to health complications.

The 64-year-old retiree was born in October 1948 and had been living in southern California. He is survived by his sons, Matt and Josh, two grandchildren and a beloved dog, Chewy.

“Dr. Silverman was a dynamic leader who served Mt. Hood Community College with enthusiasm and a commitment to our mission,” says Debra Derr, current MHCC president. He was instrumental in expanding MHCC onto a third campus, The Bruning Center for Allied Health Education, located on Civic Drive in Gresham. 

In lieu of gifts and flowers, the family asks for donations to a hospice of the donor’s choice in memory of Silverman.  A graveside service will be held July 26, 2 p.m., at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles. A reception will follow the service, at 6509 Varna Ave., Valley Glenn, Calif. Cards may be sent to the family in care of Josh Silverman, 829 Dartshire Way, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Silverman was the fifth president of MHCC, preceded by Earl Klapstein (1965 – 1976), Stephen Nicholson (1976 – 1985), Paul Kreider (1985 – 1996) and Joel Vela (1996 – 2001). An interim president, Bill Becker, served nine months in 2000 – 2001.

Following Silverman, Gary Murph served as interim president for one year ending June 30, 2008. John J. “Ski” Sygielski served as the sixth full-time president 2008 – 2011, followed by Michael Hay, 2011 – 2013.

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