Marvin J. Silberman was the executive committee chairman for Consolidated Cigar Corporation, then one of the foremost tobacco companies with offices on New York’s Fifth Avenue. An M.I.T. graduate, he was active in many Jewish charities, including the Development Fund for American Judaism, the Jewish Community Center of White Plains, and Hebrew Union College. He was particularly interested in the Reform Movement.
Mr Silberman and his wife, the former Ruth Volter, were residing in Scarsdale when they decided to visit their 14-year-old son, John, at Staunton Military Academy. They also left behind a daughter, Janet, who was 16 at the time of the accident.