Mr. Zilber was born May 15, 1924 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1948 from the University of Wisconsin and his master’s from the University of Washington in 1957. That same year, he joined the University of British Columbia’s Department of English as a lecturer. He became a full professor in 1975 and retired from teaching in 1989.
Mr. Zilber was one of the co-founders of PRISM (later renamed PRISM International) in 1959 and served as its editor from 1966 to 1973.
A prolific writer, he had his work featured in numerous Canadian and American magazines, and his plays were presented both in Vancouver and off-Broadway in New York.
Mr. Zilber is survived by his wife Alice, children Julie and Mike, and grandsons Philip and Maclen Jacob. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jacob Zilber Scholarship at the University of British Columbia.