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Dr. John Phillip “Jack” Silvers, of Kingston, formerly of Wilmington, MA, passed away April 9, 2010, at the Exeter Hospital, at the age of 90.

Born on January 23, 1920, in Chicago, IL, Jack was the son of Cecil and Beatrice (Cunningham) Silvers. He was raised in Portland, Indiana, where he graduated from Portland High School. Upon graduation, Jack attended Purdue University where he was a member of the ATO fraternity. He received his bachelor’s degree and continued on to earn his PhD in thermodynamics.

Married in November, 1945, Jack was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Kelso) Silvers who currently resides at Edgewood Nursing Home in Portsmouth. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage together.

Dr. Silvers worked in the field of research and development, and was a pioneer in the fields of nuclear energy, space exploration, and undersea exploration. Among his many noteworthy career achievements, he served on the design teams for the Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear powered submarine, and the Mercury and Apollo space programs.

Early in his career, Dr. Silvers lived in Park Forest, IL, and worked at Argonne National Laboratories. He moved to New England after being recruited to work for Avco RAD in Wilmington, MA. During his career, he served as a consultant for research at MIT and was the president of the Massachusetts Science Foundation. He retired to Kingston, in 2000. He was an active member at the churches where he lived, teaching and singing in the choir. He was a member of the Faith United Protestant Church in Park Forest, IL, the First Congregational Church in Wilmington, MA, and attended the First Congregational Church in Kingston.

Jack enjoyed many hobbies. He was a professional tenor, and sang in the Purdue University Glee club, the Lexington Choral Society, and the Rockingham Choral Society. He was a skilled artist, winning many amateur artist awards. He also loved to down hill ski, play tennis and was an avid golfer. He was a former member of the Andover Country Club where he held a handicap of 8.

Other than his wife, John is survived by his loving children, Cheryl Park and John T. Silvers, both of Kingston, and the late Terry A. Silvers. He was the devoted grandfather of William, Jr. and Bradly Park, and Maegan Silvers, and great grandfather of Nathan Diffin. He was the brother of Marjorie Ferguson of Portland, IN.

Visiting hours will be held 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 a.m.- 12:

His funeral service was held on April 24, from the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington, MA. Interment was in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA. Memorial donations in John’s name can be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Published on  April 29, 2010
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