John D. Silvati, 1937-2014
Vice President and Director, 1985-2014

John D. Silvati was a founding member of the Dater Foundation's board of directors. A native Cincinnatian, he graduated from Purcell High School and attended Xavier University on a football scholarship, earning his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He fulfilled his college R.O.T.C. commitment by serving two years as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s. After the Army, he joined Merrill Lynch as a financial consultant. He left to join another firm in the early 1970s, but returned to Merrill in 1974 as a Vice President. He was resident manager of the firm's Blue Ash office at the time he retired in 1997. He has served as a board member of Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati and Kenwood County Club, and has served on the Session Board of Indian Hill Church. He is survived by wife Linda, six children and 13 grandchildren. 

Below:  John Silvati (at right) and fellow Dater director the late David Olberding tour the Taft Museum of Art during its recent renovation and talk with museum director Phillip Long.  A $500,000 Dater Foundation grant funded the Dater Education Room. 

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