Dr. Robert “Bob” James Slater passed away peacefully on Good Friday, Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson, Md. Dr. Slater “Bob” was 91 years old. He was born in 1923 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, to James and Helen Slater. His wife, Elizabeth Joan Slater, passed away on March 7, 2015, just three and a half weeks prior to Bob’s passing. The couple was married for almost 65 years. Bob attended public schools in Kitchener and graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School at an accelerated pace as it was World War II and there was a keen need for doctors. Bob completed his internship at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children where we met his soon-tobe wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Joan Hall. Betty was the head nurse on infant ward C. They married in 1950. Bob began his medical career as a researcher at the Rockefeller Institute in New York City. Bob returned to Canada to resume his work at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. In 1962, Bob was appointed the Dean of the University of Vermont Medical School in Burlington, Vt., and served in that capacity until 1966. Bob held a variety of positions over the course of his medical career at institutions such as the Foundation for Child Development and the Woman’s Medical College of Philadelphia. He served as the National Medical Director for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Bob rounded out his career in the Boston area serving on a variety of medical boards and volunteering his time at Massachusetts General Hospital. Bob is survived by his three sons, Robert Matthew of Lutherville, Md., John Barrie of Estero, Fla., and Brian Andrew of Charlotte. He was predeceased by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Betsy;” and sister, Mary Jane McPhedran. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Sam, Jake, Ian, Katie, Meg Christian and Olivia Slater. Through the years, Bob cherished his family time in Vermont and on Nantucket Island where he developed strong roots and friendships. He enjoyed hiking and crosscountry skiing whenever the mountains and friends were available – mostly in the Adirondacks or the Swiss Alps. Bob loved sailing and took many trips with the Corinthians, most notably to Scandinavia sailing through the fjords. Other interests included gardening, tennis, and cooking. Famous for his red pepper jelly, Bob spent many hours in the kitchen and treated it as his own private laboratory. Bob was the consummate host and was always at the ready with a hearty toast.
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