Céline was born on May 6, 1987 in Washington D.C. From an early age she exuded kindness towards others, loved children and animals, excelled in sports, had an affinity for the outdoors and the ocean and a passion for
learning (especially in the sciences). She attended the French Immersion Program at Maryvale Elementary School and graduated from Walter Johnson High School (2005) where she was a student in the APEX program, Captain of the Swim and Dive team, on the track team, and a member of the National and French Honors Societies. She was also a member of the Tilden
Woods Swim Team.
Céline graduated from Emory University in May of 2009 where she received a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Art. She also played rugby in college. In 2008, she completed an internship at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, where she studied the impact of the ICC construction on the local box turtle population. Since graduating from Emory, Céline completed two research internships in Marine Biology, first
at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI and then at the MOTE Marine Laboratory in Sarasota,
Florida, and was due to begin work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the fall of 2009.
Céline was also an avid and talented painter who had already shown her
work at four art exhibitions, including Glen Echo’s Yellow Barn, and “Art at
the Cabin” in Luxmanor, MD.
Friends and family will always remember Céline’s love of the outdoors,
children, and animals, her artistic talent, charismatic personality and her
passion for life.
Paul was born on November 30, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA, to Theodore and Rose Silver. A member of the Research Staff at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in northwest Washington, D.C., since 1982, Dr. Paul Silver was an international leader in understanding how earthquakes are triggered and how they interact with each other. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of California, San Diego in 1982. He held a joint appointment as a Research Associate Professor at The Johns Hopkins University Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences since 1986.
Among his honors, Paul was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007, and he was the Royal Astronomical Society Harold Jeffreys Lecturer in 2005. He was also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Paul served as mentor and collaborator to younger scientists throughout his career. Many of the students and postdoctoral scientists who worked with him while at the Carnegie Institution continued to collaborate with him even after their stay at Carnegie. In addition to science, Paul had a passion for music and played the drums in a jazz trio (Felicidade) that played throughout the Washington D.C. area. Paul was known for his contagious laugh and enthusiasm, his inquisitive and innovative problem-solving capability, his love of the outdoors and the ocean and his passion for his work and family.
On August 7, 2009, Paul and Celine were driving home to Rockville from Celine's second internship in Sarasota Florida, where their car was struck by a tractor trailer on interstate 95N. Both Paul and Celine perished in the accident.
We hope this website gives everyone who knew them a chance to keep their memory alive and allows those who did not have the opportunity to meet them to get to know them better.
We thank you all for your continued love and support!