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There are 4 comments on Memorial Service for John R. Silber November 29

  1. I learned an important lesson about life and paper trails as an undergrad at BU while watching John field questions from students. When a student wrapped an allegation within a question about John’s decision to invest endowment funds in Seragen, John responded “Do you have any evidence of this to support this allegation?”. When the student replied that he did not John simply said, “Next question please”. John played hard ball. When you play hard ball even if you are the best you sometimes strike out. People forget that Babe Ruth struck out quite often but everyone remembers his home runs. As an adult every day of your life is a game of hard ball which you must play to win. In that one instance John taught me not only how to play hard ball for the rest of my life but also how to protect myself from controversy and further injury by keeping a good paper trail. Thanks John, wish you were still in the game!

  2. Mr. Silber was all hands on, while President, he also taught. I never took his classes. But as an undergrad, I would not trade my experience with any other school. I majored in Economics. To which laid my foundation on a successful hedge fund company based in Boston. He told us as freshman, don’t just take from society, give back immensely. I truly respect his man and loved his book “Straight Shooting” by John Silber. He will always be in my family’s memories. ’88

  3. He was not only well informed, but greatly admired by students and faculty in the School of Theology as the successor President to Dr. Case.

  4. Dr. Silber was my friend and mentor for over twenty five years. When I was in my 30s I had a couple of extremely tragic, painful and horrific incidents. I was a complete stranger to Dr. Silber. Thank God he took the time to meet me, helped me out of my nightmare. He was not done. He pushed me hard to attend college. We argued. I lost. I went to college, the first and only one of a large family, had another career in community correction, returned to BU for another degree. I am back again and have worked here for fifteen years. I will never forget when John Silber and his Provost John Westling took turns correcting my very first paper. I was heart broken as I walked down Bay State Rd. with my paper dripping of red magic marker. This was not the first or last time my friend and mentor took time out of his busy schedule to help me and many others like me. Thank you Dr. Silber.

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