Abraham George Silverman, 83, a retired Army colonel who also had worked as a civilian for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, died Dec. 12 after a heart attack. Col. Silverman, who had lived in McLean for the past 23 years, was aboard a Pacific cruise ship when he was stricken.

Col. Silverman was a native of Lawrence, Mass. He was a 1922 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a 1929 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. He received his commission in the Corps of Engineers in the early 1920s. During World War II, he was a supply officer in the Southwest Pacific theater.

After two years in private industry, he was recalled to active duty in 1948, working at the Pentagon with the Army General Staff and the Defense Department Management Committee. He later served in West Germany.

When he retired from active duty in 1957, he was stationed in New York. He then was a construction management engineer with the office of the secretary of Defense until retiring a second time in the mid-1970s. His decorations included the Legion of Merit.

He was a member of Westwood Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Clara, and a son, Buddy Robert Silverman, both of McLean; a daughter, Carol Ann Silverman of Great Falls; a brother, Frank, of Seattle, and two sisters, Annabell Bernstein of New York City, and Lilly Meyers of Lawrence, Mass.