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James D. Silk

Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and valued colleague;

James D. Silk of Lowell, MA, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday August 27, 2022.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Susan Brust Silk.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1951, he was the son of the late James F. and the late Ann (Nester) Silk.

Jim graduated from Keith Academy in 1969, was educated at MIT, University of Lowell, and earned a PhD from University of Maryland.

After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Pennsylvania, he was employed at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, VA.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his children, Katherine E. Silk and John J. Silk. He is also survived by siblings: John F. Silk (Ruth), Patricia M. Kelley, Susan M. Silk (Geoffrey McDonough), William J. Silk (Marian), Joseph D. Silk (Jean), and David J. Silk (Laurie), numerous beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews, including goddaughter Melissa Silk McDonald.

Private memorial services will be held for the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Western Avenue Community for the Arts at https://westernavenuestudios.com/product/in-memoriam/. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Local arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL – MA (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (2)
  • William Gene Ramsey  - From a Recent Colleague
    Jim, I am sure your family will take some solace in knowing you were a respected member within your field and an affable, capable man of science. Regards
  • Marge (Grondin) Curry
    I know I speak for the entire Grondin family when I say how sad it is to learn of Jim’s passing. Growing up in Pawtucketville near Father McGuire’s Park and the ‘field’ between our home and the Silk’s home, represented some of the best days of our youth. As the oldest, Jim could not have been a better role model to his siblings. Sending sincere condolences to all.
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