William Bernard Silverman, 87, of Lauderdale, died Sept.22. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 3, 1932, the son of Samuel and Ida Silverman.

After completing his undergraduate education at City College of New York, Bill moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota, where he received his master’s degree and a doctorate in biology.

Bill taught biology and botany at the University of St. Thomas. As a teacher, friend and mentor, he inspired hundreds of students at St. Thomas, as well as many neighbors and friends. He was a professor emeritus at the University of St. Thomas.

A celebration of Silverman’s life was held at the Ordway Gardens at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park on Oct. 20. Memorial donations in Bill’s honor may be sent to the William B. Silverman Scholarship at the University of St. Thomas, Mail DEV, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105, or The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel/ASPNI, a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Great Neck, N.Y. Contact them at aspni@aol.com or 1 (800) 411-0966.

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