“Although trained as a philosopher, John, like his father was an architect at heart,” Robert A. Brown, the university’s president, said at a memorial service in the school’s George Sherman Union on Nov. 29. “For Boston University he envisioned a campus more integrated and cohesive than he found in 1971.”
“John Silber was a man of integrity, character, and courage. He also was my friend,” former secretary of state Henry Kissinger said in a video message.
Friends and colleagues all recalled Silber’s encouragement and critiques of their work, and in a moment of laughter, Elie Wiesel, a personal friend, speculated what he is doing now.
“I think he’s trying to give advice to God,” he said.