Ronald Silver of West Grove, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021 at Jenner's Pond. He was 88 years old.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ron was the son of Isadore Silver and Rebecca Goldfine.
His outstanding career achievements: joint recipient of two U.S. patents for development of the “smart” card; designer of life support monitoring systems on NASA’s Biosatellite orbiting capsules; head of three acoustic noise studies of highway-propagation characteristics in New York City; developer of the fiber-optic transducer to measure in-vivo arterial blood pressure and gasses in humans.
Post-retirement with wife Joanne, he was honored by the French government as the founding Technical Director of Beach Lloyd Publishers LLC, publishing and videotaping memoirs in French and English, of Holocaust and World War II survivors in France and Belgium. Exhibiting the materials in the U.S. and abroad, Ron was very interested to meet and talk with survivors and educators, some of whom became fast friends.
Ron had a great sense of humor. He truly enjoyed engaging with people of all ages, hearing their stories and jokes, telling his own, and laughing. He was creative and inventive in his work and in everyday life—could fix anything and loved doing that. He was very talented musically—played piano with both hands after hearing a song just once. During his time in the Navy, which impressed him deeply in many ways, he sang in the Navy chorus—a rich baritone. Ron was interested in the universe, an active member of an astronomy club with a computer-driven telescope at home and on the Valley Forge hillside. He had specific stars named after his two daughters, and another named after wife Joanne and himself.
He was interested in local politics and for ten years served tirelessly as President of the Newport Village in Chesterbrook.
Ron loved attending musical events, plays and the opera. He was athletic as well--fearless on a bicycle—competent and fun-loving on a motorbike in Bermuda and Cancun, on a sunfish despite a windy day, and a careful beginner at skiing in the Poconos. On a quiet day, he excelled at checkers and chess!
He had a great love of the sea, and enjoyed many cruises—to the Caribbean, Italy, Alaska, the Panama Canal and the Hawaiian islands. Other travels included Florida, the U.S. west coast and a tour of the Far East.
He was the beloved husband for 29 years of Joanne Shoestock Silver; father of Elisabeth (Geoff) and Stacy (Susan); step-father of Joanna (Jack), Sharon (John) and Joseph; grandfather of Eric, Amitai, John, Jr.,(Lisa), Michael and William, Jr.,(Susan); great-grandfather of Claire, William, III, Eleanor, Kaitlin and Emerson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Morris and Harry Silver.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 12:00PM on August 10, 2021 at the Alison Theater in the Alison Building at Jenner's Pond. Early arrival by guests is suggested if COVID protocols are in still in place on campus. A luncheon will follow in the Delaware Room.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Ron's memory to: Willow Tree Hospice, https://www.amedisys.com/services/hospice-care/volunteers-and-donations/
OR: The Alzheimer's Association, https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=paidsearch&utm_campaign=google_giving&set.custom.wt=giving&gclid=CjwKCAjwwqaGBhBKEiwAMk-FtG-1hPpEQFqC1AdVenr6T2vRsEIdwUNQcI9EV1XN2D4LpZS_YanjOBoCg9QQAvD_BwE
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