August 02, 2013
At a BCF Legacy Society Event last spring, giving a toast to the esteemed crowd assembled in his famed garden, Sidney Silber remarked at the irony of the occasion.
“Druid Hill Park was the only green thing I knew growing up,” he said. “Growing up, that was all we had.”
The garden he and his wife Jean so carefully cultivated was only one of his many passions, and many great success stories.
Sidney is perhaps best remembered in Baltimore for his tireless expansion of the Silber family business: Silber Bakeries. He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1935, then M.I.T. in 1939. In his lifetime, Sidney was also an experimental flight test engineer, a commercial real estate developer, and a painter.
And, until the end, a philanthropist.
In addition to founding, along with his wife, the Jean and Sidney Silber Foundation, Sidney was engaged in many philanthropic organizations, including the Baltimore Community Foundation.
The Jean and Sidney Silber Foundation Fund at BCF, a donor-advised fund to benefit Baltimore nonprofits working to better the education of the city’s youth, will live on -- carrying out the good deeds and works Sidney cared so deeply for.
To see photos from the event in Sidney and Jean's garden, click here.
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