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A perfect 'Wave'

From left, Sidney Silber, Jean Silber, and Fran Charles with "The Wave."
From left, Sidney Silber, Jean Silber, and Fran Charles with "The Wave."
Sean Riley

"The Wave," landlocked in Sidney Silber's garden in Timonium, Md., for a dozen years, is now on the waterfront next to the MIT Sailing Pavilion.

Actually, the sculpture beside the Charles is a second casting of the bronze sculpture created by Silber (S.B. 1939) about 15 years ago.

"I learned to sail at MIT," said Silber, who majored in mechanical engineering. "For more than 50 years, it gave me great joy. Placing "The Wave" on the pavilion seemed like a great way to show my appreciation to MIT and is a perfect fit for the sculpture."

Silber, who will turn 85 on Jan. 12, has owned several boats over the years, including a Star racing boat, a six-meter and an Alberg 30. About 10 years ago, he retired from sailing, which gives him more free time to putter in the garden.

A year ago, he discussed donating "The Wave" to MIT with Donor Relations volunteer D. Reid Weedon (S.B. 1941). The unveiling took place on Oct. 24. Silber and his wife, Jean, dedicated the sculpture to the Class of 1939. "I'm proud to be a member of such a wonderful group," Silber said.

The Silbers were joined at the dedication by Director of Athletics Candace L. Royer, Dean for Student Life Larry G. Benedict, Sailing Master Francis E. Charles Jr., Senior Major Gifts Officer Martha M. Lawlor, Class of 1939 President Oswald Stewart, Weedon, and David J. McCormick of the Department of Facilities, who assembled the sculpture.

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