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Dr. Richard F. Slager 1928 - 2013
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January 28, 2014
A friend of my father, he rescued me as a toddler from doctors who ignored my displaced hip. He saved me from a lifetime of ridicule, pain and suffering. Much love from my parents, Jack & Cathy - and especially from me. He was a wonderful man and physician. Deep condolences to the entire Slager family.
July 21, 2013
Dear Slager Family:

I just heard the news of Dr. Slager's passing and wanted to extend my heartfelt sympathy to everyone in the family, but especially to Rick and Robin whom I've known since I was 12 years old.

Dr. Slager was a great family man and an institution in the entire medical community. He lived a life the rest of us can only aspire to. His shoes will be hard to fill and he will be missed by everyone who got to know him.
July 20, 2013
Dear Elaine and Family,
I read Dr. Slagers passing in the paper last Sunday. The world truly lost
a remarkable man.
My prayers are with all of you.
I had the pivilege to work for him early in his medical practice at 815 W Broad, as his first X-ray technician. I still remember many things that happened during that time with fond memories.
July 19, 2013
Debbie & I go way back. So many fond memories of good times at your house and in Michigan. A fine man...devoted...kind...and that wonderful contagious laugh I'll always remember. My heartfelt sympathy to all the Slager's.
July 19, 2013
You know, he WAS deeply loved and respected by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. I know he will be missed greatly. I will always remember hoping I would see his smiling face when I got to the top of the 99-steps. Haven't seen it for awhile there, but I always think of him and Elaine when I make that trek. Blessings to you all.
July 18, 2013
I met Dr. Slager about 10 years ago. I didn't know him well but I feel like I did because I learned so much about him through his daughter, Debbie. She has such genuine and sweet love and respect for her dad that it is obvious he was an incredible husband and father.
Elaine, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time. Debbie has also talked about the amazing 62 year love story that you shared with your hubby. You have both been very inspiring to many, me included!
Much Love,
Joyce Whitaker
July 18, 2013
To the whole Slager family we are sorry for your loss of this kind and gentle man. Dr. & Mrs. Charles F. Whitaker III
July 18, 2013
Deepest condolences for your loss. Many thoughts and prayers from the Rinker's.
July 17, 2013
My feelings for the whole Slager Family is so strong......Many amazing years of childhood bliss at Epworth Heights. Dr Slager was my savior in 1973 when I was in a serious car accident. He advised me to ignore the prescribed treatment for my fractured scapula and compression fracture of T11. Breathing and pain were the senario, but Dr. Slager encouraged me to deal differently......"Just remember posture in the years to come". I think of him often with his ever-present laugh. He and his family have had an impression on me for life. So sorry for his passing. but What a GREAT man!!!
July 17, 2013
I am 24 years his junior and he took money out of my wallet EVERY time we played golf...his "gee wiz, another par" attitude was a delight to behold but not for our friendly wagers! The man had legs of steel and a great swing...loved our outings and his stories...
July 15, 2013
To the Slager family; Dr. and Mrs. Slager were such great friends to my parents...generous, kind, loyal...with a wonderful outlook on life! Cherish the memories. He had a great life. Blessings to all! Love, Brett and Tina Moorehead and family.
1st Corinthians 2:9
July 15, 2013
We were neighbors on Collingswood Road, Debbie and I were best friends back in the 60's! I loved spending time at your house, your family was like my 2nd family. Heck I even went on vacation with you to Ludington. I can still hear his laugh, and Mrs. Slager, my heart goes out to you, what a lovely lady you are. Take care,Terri Sweinsberger Gawell
July 14, 2013
A great man, a great doctor and a great Rotarian. We were honored to know and work with him in Rotary and in health care.
July 14, 2013
My heartfelt love and prayers for you, Elaine, and all of your family. I always looked forward to seeing you and Dick at Trinity on Sundays (and it was a joy to hear you sing, Elaine!) I am spending the summer at tha Lancaster Camp Ground, but I hope to be at Trinity for Dick's memory service. He was God's gift to all of us and his life embodied all of the strength and beauty God planned for the world. My daughters Kathy and Lisa and I will continue to cherish our many memories of him.
July 12, 2013
Dr. Slager and my dad, Dr. William Wilson, were friends and when it was time for my knee surgery, at age 12, Dr. Slager performed a bi-lateral raise on both of my knees at the same time at Mt Carmel. About 3 weeks after my surgery, I saw Dr and Mrs. Slager at Cooker and I hopped up onto his table at the restaurant to see if he would take the stitches out there and then. We all laughed. Loved his bedside manner and his great medical knowledge. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Sending my condolances to the entire Slager family. What a gift that you had in him as a husband and father.
July 12, 2013
Dr. Slater was our doctor and friend , we will miss his presence.
July 12, 2013
Dr. Slager was a friend of my dad's, Dr. William Wilson. He operated on both of my knees at the same time back in 1974. I saw Dr. Slager a few weeks after my operation at Cooker Restaurant and I got up on his table to see if he would take my stitches out there in the restaurant. We all had a great laugh. I am so sorry for your loss but what a wonderful gift for you to share him with the medical community and the Columbus community. Love to you all!! To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Bless you.
July 12, 2013
I remember the tremendous impact that Dick
had on the good work of Rotary International
around the world. He was always a leader. Rev. Ron Hooker (Columbus Metropolitan Area Council of Churches) and Whitehall-Bexley Rotary Club
July 11, 2013
My parents regarded Dr. Slager as the best Essex Road neighbor we ever had. I second that. I recall his kind smile and gentle manner, but most of all, his unique and contagious laugh. For those like Dr. Slager, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, Jesus Christ. I'm certain there is a wonderful Essex Road reunion today in heaven ... and my prayer is for comfort for the family as they look forward to future joy in their own eternal reunion with husband, dad, and grand-dad.
July 10, 2013
I am in Minnesota visiting my parents (Dr's James and JoAnne Wigtil). A family friend informed us today of Dr. Slagers passing . A flood of memories
came too us all as Dr. Slager performed numerous surgeries on my brother. Dr. Slager was an awesome surgeon, but an even better human being. He was so caring. So kind. My brother married in Boise ,Idaho 9 years ago and it made my brothers day when Dr. Slager and his wife attended his Columbus Oh. wedding reception. Dr. Slager thought the world of my brother . And my brother thought the same of him. Sincerely, Julie.
July 10, 2013
Prayers are being sent to the Slager family. May the wonderful memories help you through the next few days and in the years to come...
The family of the late Dr.and Mrs. Luther Keith....
July 10, 2013
I was fortunate to be one of Dr. Slager's early female knee "scopes" in the early 1980's. He told me he cleaned out a lot of arthritis and that knee is still going strong today. He was a wonderful doctor and gentleman. Our sympathies to Elaine and family.
Karen (and Jim) Rownd
Tampa, Florida
July 10, 2013
He is, and will be, sorely missed...
July 10, 2013
Repaired my knee in Nov 1962 my senior year at West High. He was all that a young man would want of a physician when you loose your athletic future. Very caring!
July 10, 2013
To Elaine and all the family:
Not sure there are any of you left that would remember me except you, Elaine.
But I will always remember Dick and you, and the years at West High School, undergrad years at OSU and football Saturdays, and riding with Dick and medical school classmates to medical school together every morning, and not least remembering the many years making rounds, sharing seeing our individual patients at Mount Carmel Hospital.
Dick will be remembered as long as all those left behind remain.
Jack and Eyvonne Lausa
July 10, 2013
My first little league baseball coach. I used to help him line the tennis courts at Westgate Park. A wonderful person and a great role model.
July 10, 2013
What a great orthopedic doctor he was who was found to operate on my back from our family Dr. Wilson on July 5, 1973. My late parents and I are so grateful that we found him when we did.

I have lost contact with him but I know he did his best to help me when I needed it.

So long for now and the day will come when we will be together again.

RIP Richard because you are in a better place now reunited with your brother Jim.
July 09, 2013
a fine man,-from a wonderful family.a dedicated west high,osu,colunbus kind of guy.thanks for your friendship, dick. john herbert
July 09, 2013
On behalf of the West High Alumni Association, I send our condolences to Dick's family. It is always a sad day when we lose an alum, especially one who has been honored to be inducted in to the Alumni Hall of Fame. We will list Dick's passing in the fall edition of the Alumni Occident quarterly newsletter.
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