John Silber dies at age 86 on September 7, 2012.
A professor in the UT Department of Philosophy for thirteen years, Silber was also Dean of the University's College of Arts and Science (1967-1970). He was a staunch supporter of Plan II Honors. (John Silber in 1998, photo by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times.)
Posted: September 27, 2012
John Silber in 1998, photo by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times.
John R. Silber, who was best known as the college president who transformed a faltering Boston University into one of the nation’s leading private schools during his 25-year presidency. He died on Thursday morning, September 27, 2012 at his home in Brookline, Mass. He was 86. See the full New York Times article by Robert D. McFadden.
Silber was a professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin from 1957 to 1970, including the years he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (67-70). At UT, Silber is probably best remembered for his conflict with then, Chair of the Board of Regents, Frank Irwin, which lead to Silber's dismissal.
See the article and interview of John Silber by Reeve Hamilton of the Texas Tribune (video by Jacob Villanueva) conducted in March, 2011, when Dr. Silber Forty Acres to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Plan II, where Silber said
"he encountered the best students of his career."
All living former Plan II Honors directors in March 2011 at the Plan II Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Celebration, March 2011.
(front row: l to r: John Silber, Betty Sue Flowers, Ira Iscoe, Vartan Gregorian, Warwick Wadlington; back row: l to r: Chuck Rossman, Paul Woodruff, Alan Friedman)