1999 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Lawrence I. (Larry "Tex") Silverman, who came to GW with an athletic sponsorship from Jersey City, N.J.'s Snyder High School in 1949, was a standout varsity basketball player for three seasons (1951-53). During his college days, student-athletes played freshman basketball prior to joining the varsity team and following his successful frosh season, Colonials teams during his sophomore through senior years had a record of 41-27. As a junior, Silverman earned All-Southern Conference third team honors.
Silverman, a 6-foot-3 guard, served as team captain twice (in '52 and '53) and was the team's MVP as a junior. Upon graduation in 1953, he was drafted by the NBA's Rochester Royals (now the Sacramento Kings). But before he could attempt a career in the pro ranks, he was again drafted--this time by "Uncle Sam" (the U.S. Army). It was an offer he couldn't refuse!
After serving two years of military service, the New Jersey native returned to Washington where he began a successful business career in real estate sales. Within five years he was a partner at Lewis & Silverman of Rockville, Md., a successful residential and commercial real estate firm.
Silverman made a very generous donation to the Department of Athletics. In honor of his sizeable contribution, the University has named the Smith Center playing surface "Tex Silverman Court." The late Mr. Silverman and his widow, the former Carlynn Mintz, have two married daughters, Lisa Harwood and Amy Dickstein. The Silvermans are proud grandparents of six grandchildren.