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Dr. Ronald John Sladek, 85

Dr. Ronald John Sladek, 85, of Greensboro, passed away Friday, August 17, 2012.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at St. Pius X Catholic Church with Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio officiating. Committal services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 24 at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois under the direction of Blake Lamb Funeral Home, Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Professor Sladek was born September 19, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of James Joseph and Rose Vachulka Sladek. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. In 1947, Mr. Sladek earned a PhB from the University of Chicago, a BS in 1949, a MS in 1950 and a PhD in 1954.

He started his career as a research physicist for Westinghouse Research Labs in Pittsburgh, PA where he worked from 1953 until 1961. He was a Professor of Physics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana for 32 years (Associate Prof. 1961 to 1966, Full Prof. 1966-1992). He was acting head of the Purdue Physics Department from 1969 to 1971 and Associate Dean of Science from 1974 to 1987. He worked on sabbaticals in California at N. Am. Rockwell Corporation in Thousand Oaks and Xerox Research Center in Palo Alto in 1967 and 1976-77, respectively. He became Professor Emeritus in 1992. Dr. Sladek's research is published in over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Sladek is a fellow of the American Physical Society and is listed in Who's Who in America and in the World.

Dr. Sladek enjoyed hiking and camping. He was an avid reader and a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Owen C. Sladek.

Dr. Sladek is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanne McFadden Sladek, their children; Linda Sladek and husband, Geoffrey Hiller of Portland, Oregon, James Sladek and wife, Marjorie of Granite Bay, CA, Dr. Frances Sladek and husband, Tom de la Cal of Riverside, CA, Dr. Stephen Sladek and wife, Gail of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dr. Rosemarie Sladek-Lawson and husband, Dr. Daryl Lawson of Greensboro, NC, Edward Sladek and wife, Marisa of Austin, TX, and brother, Norbert Sladek of Ridgefield, CT, and 14 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Food for the Hungry 1224 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034-1102; The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, PO Box 13982, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709: or The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home N. Elm St. Online condolences may be made at

Published in the Journal & Courier on Aug. 18, 2012
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