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Richard Slottow (9/05/23 - 10/9/2013) Died peacefully at his home in San Rafael, CA on October 9, 2013. Born September 5, 1923 in Chicago IL, Richard (Dick) grew up in Hyde Park as an avid swimmer, Boy Scout and YMCA regular. He was a WWII veteran who served in the US 104th infantry division, the "Timberwolf" Division, from 1942-1944 in France, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Entering as a private, he completed his service as a Sergeant (communications specialist) with 2 purple hearts, a bronze star and a silver star. After the war he earned his journalism degree at the University of Illinois, married his wife, Jean (Cousins) Slottow of Whitinsville MA. and began his fundraising career. After successful public relations/fundraising jobs in the community arts, higher education (Northwestern University) and healthcare (Press St. Luke's hospital, Chicago), Dick moved to his dream city, San Francisco, to establish his health care development consulting firm, which flourished under his direction for over 30 years, serving hospitals from San Diego to Seattle to Denver. He lived in Tiburon/Belvedere for 40 years from 1971 to 2011 where he was frequently seen riding his bike around Paradise Drive, playing tennis at the Belvedere tennis club, racing his sailboat out of Corinthian Yacht club (where he served as Commodore in 1982) or playing jazz piano in the yacht club's bar on Thursday nights. Dick was a passionate skier, sculptor and writer (he published 3 books). He was also a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Dick was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Jean Slottow, his brother H. Gene Slottow,and grandson Derk Slottow of Dillon CO. He is survived by his three sons, Michael Slottow of Dillon CO, Rick Slottow of Rohnert Park CA, Tim Slottow of Ann Arbor MI, three daughters in law, Anne DeGrood Slottow, Collette Boss Slottow, Marie Alcala Slottow and his four grandchildren Mackenzie, Nate, Sam and Gabe. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday October 12 at 1:30pm at Alma Via chapel (3rd floor), 515 Northgate Way, San Rafael, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Don Bitzer and H. Gene Slottow Creativity Award for Undergraduate Students in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois. University of Illinois, ECE Department, 1406 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 610801-2918. http://www.ece.illinois.edu/students/ugrad/scholarships/index.html
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Oct. 11, 2013
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