Dr. Silber was drummed out of the University of Texas for being too liberal and came to Boston as head of Boston University, where he was excoriated for being to the right of Attila the Hun. I was in Boston at the time, up the road at BC, and watched in awe as he forced BU into becoming a legitimate institution, with real grades and accountability from its students and faculty. After graduating BC and still eager to delay entry into the real world a few more months I persuaded my father to pay for me to travel to Athens and study Plato under Dr. Silber (he held a doctorate in philosophy and was an expert on Kant, as I recall). Silber beat the hell out of the eight students who didn’t flee after the first day, then was available for long discussions into the night that covered everything from Ayn Rand to classical music to the Boston Red Sox. It was the best summer of my life and the B+ he gave me as a final grade – he awarded no A’s -was the one I am most proud of among all my (limited) academic achievements.
Truly a great man.