Herbert R. Silvers

Herbert R. Silvers
2001 Honorary Alumni

Involvement has been a key to this honorary alumnus' success in all of his endeavors. Herbert R. Silvers has taken the initiative to be involved in his community and area schools and his contributions have improved the quality of education and level of support.

Silvers is a native of Welsh, W.Va. and began his college education at Northwestern University. He graduated summa cum laude and decided to continue his education at Harvard University. He chose to pursue his law degree, excelled in the field, and was recognized by The Harvard Law Review for his academic success.

Silvers has been practicing law in the Tri-Cities area since the 1950s. With his experience, he decided to run for Congress in 1962. He did not win the election, but he did better than any Democrat in the century in an effort to unseat incumbent James H. Quillen. Silvers decided to help his community in other ways. He taught some business law and political science classes at the Greeneville campus of ETSU, and he helped his late wife, Barbara Jaffe Silvers, with her history classes at ETSU by giving occasional lectures and grading papers.

Silvers has been a longtime financial supporter of ETSU. A devoted contributor to scholarship efforts, he along with other friends and family provided the initial funding for the Barbara Jaffe Silvers Memorial Scholarship.This scholarship was created to recognize Barbara Silvers' dedication to the ETSU Department of History, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in American studies and a master of arts in history, and also served as an adjunct faculty member.

To honor his late wife further and to create a place for students to enjoy, Silvers gave his financial support to support the Barbara Jaffe Silvers Reading Area, located in the new Charles C. Sherrod Library as a centerpiece on the second floor. A comfortable and quiet atmosphere offers students a place to study, and the reading area is well stocked with current literature to provide students with reference materials that are in the normal circulation cycle.

Silvers has been a member of several organizations, including the Rotary Club, VFW, and American Cancer Society. His hobbies include reading, playing tennis and chess, and being involved with the Democratic Party. He lives with his wife, Pamela, in Johnson City.