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Former MHCC president dies

Robert Silverman, Mt. Hood Community College president from 2001 to 2007, died in California last month.
Robert Silverman, president of Mt. Hood Community College from 2001 to 2007, passed away July 22 due to health complications.

Born in October 1948 the 64-year-old retiree was was living in Southern California. He is survived by his sons, Matt and Josh, two grandchildren and a beloved dog, Chewy.

“Dr. Silverman was a dynamic leader who served Mt. Hood Community College with enthusiasm and a commitment to our mission,” said Debra Derr, current MHCC president. He was instrumental in expanding MHCC onto a third campus, The Bruning Center for Allied Health Education, located on Civic Drive in Gresham.

In lieu of gifts and flowers, the family asks for donations to a hospice of the donor's choice in memory of Silverman. A service has been held. Cards may be sent to the family in care of Josh Silverman, 829 Dartshire Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087-3506.

Silverman was the fifth president of MHCC, preceded by Earl Klapstein (1965-1976), Stephen Nicholson (1976-1985), Paul Kreider (1985-1996) and Joel Vela (1996-2001). An interim president, Bill Becker, served nine months in 2000 - 2001.

Following Silverman, Gary Murph served as interim president for one year ending June 30, 2008. John J. “Ski” Sygielski served as the sixth full-time president 2008-2011, followed by Michael Hay, 2011-2013.
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