Charles Silver Dead at 98

Funeral services were held yesterday at Temple B’nai Jeshurun for Charles Silver, who was president of the Beth Medical Israel Center, a founder of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and a member of the board of Jewish Philanthropies, who died of a stroke at his home here last Friday at the age of 98.

Born in Rumania, he was brought to the United States when he was 30 months old and was raised on the Lower East Side. He dropped out of high school at 15 to work as an office boy at American Woolens and retired in 1954 as the company’s vice president and director.

Silver served as president of the Board of Education; a trustee of Yeshiva University; a member of the board of overseers of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; and president of Temple B’nai Jeshurun.

He was a trustee of the Urban League; a member of the the New York Council on Economic Education; and a member of the economic advisory committee of Fordham University.

In 1967, Silver was appointec advisor of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva. The National Conference of Christians and Jews gave him its Man of the Year Award in 1976. He had been president of the Beth Israel Medical Center for the 37 years before his death.

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