Howard Burton Silverman

July 20, 1938September 10, 2020

Howard Burton Silverman died on September 10th, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynda. He is survived by daughters Julie (Kenneth) Artrip and Jill (Kyle) Edwards; step-daughter Mimi (Dr. John) Pezzuto; grandchildren Steven, Sophie, Marcus, Lily, John-Henry, Elisabeth, and Michael; his brother, Alan (Sally) Silverman; and his sister Susan (William) McNulty. Howard was born in Chicago on July 20, 1938 to Jack and Pearl Silverman, who preceded him.

Howard received BS and MBA degrees from Northwestern University, and he was a Certified Public Accountant. After serving in the US Army, he became a banker, ultimately becoming Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of First Illinois Corporation, the parent company of the First Illinois Banks and other financial services subsidiaries. Active in charitable and civic affairs, Howard served on many boards, including St. Francis Hospital of Evanston, Dune Acres Civic Improvement Foundation, Child and Family Services, McGaw YMCA, American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Lekotek, Evanston Inventure, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, and the Evanston Historical Society. He was a member of, and served on committees of, the Economic Club of Chicago, Illinois Bankers Association, and Bank Administration Institute. He also served as a corporate director of several publicly-held corporations.

The American Jewish Committee honored Howard at a dinner, and presented him with their Civic Leadership Award.

Howard and Lynda enjoyed spending their weekends with family, friends and pets at their lake home in Dune Acres, Indiana. He designed the internet web site for the Town, and for many years served as its webmaster.

At Howard’s prior request, funeral services will be private.

Livestream information: On Monday, September 14th at 2:55pm, search for the Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home Facebook Page, then scroll down to Howard's name to watch the service. For information: call Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home at 847-256-5700.


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Howard Burton Silverman

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Dusty stemer

September 22, 2020

We always loved Lynda and Howard..they were amazing neighbors and leaders in our Dune Acre community.. my favorite Howard memory was one summer afternoon he brought over loan documents to give to our young (6yr old) to use when i borrowed money from zak!!zak loved them!!

Lynn Martin

September 14, 2020

Both Harry and I send our condolences. We laughed,ate, told stories and listened to both Howard and Lynda. They were neighbors and friends. We liked and loved Howard. He was tough and gentle, stubborn and easy- altogether wonderful. To his family a special hug; he loved you enormously. Certainly, a life well lived and we will miss him.

Gale Gottlieb

September 14, 2020

Howard and Lynda have been friends for over 25 years. Together we were involved in the Chicago Academy for the Arts, Service Club and Mavens Investment Partnership. Howard was our silent, although so critical, partner to our Treasurer.
My husband and I have had many dinners and nights out dancing with Howard and Lynda. They will surely be missed.
I know they are dancing together again...
Our hearts go out to Mimi, her family and Howard’s daughters.
Gale & Jay Gottlieb


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