Published in The Washington Post on May 4, 2012
EDWARD M. SILVESTER
Edward McGuire Silvester, age 82, a retired systems analyst and program manager
with the Department of the Air Force died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at his residence at the
Virginian in Fairfax, VA. He had worked for the federal government for 32 years.
A native Washingtonian, he attended the old Western High school (1948). In 1954, Mr.
Silvester embarked on a government career serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army
after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania ROTC program. After completion of
his military obligation, he entered civil service as a survey statistician at the Census
Bureau. In 1958, he transferred to the Department of Army as a computer programmer.
In 1963, he was recruited by the General Services Administration and served there until
1969 as a computer systems analyst. His last tour of duty was with the Department of the
Air Force in the Pentagon functioning first as a systems analyst and then as an ADP
Program Manager. He retired in 1986.
Survivors include three children, Donald W. Silvester (Dionne), Kenneth T. Silvester and
Nancy A. Silvester and two grandchildren, Hunter M. and Hayden C. Silvester. He was
preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years, Gisela S. Silvester.
Friends may call at Murphy Falls Church Funeral Home, 1102 W. Broad St., Falls
Church, VA from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2012. A service will be held at Ft. Myer
Memorial Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2012.