Stuart L. Slade
Stuart L. Slade, a greatly admired and respected man of many achievements, passed away peacefully in Danbury Hospital on Dec. 10, 2020.
Stuart was Director of the Consulting Group at Forecast International in Newtown, CT, a company which provides Market Intelligence for the world's Aerospace/Defense industries. He was also the primary analyst for the company's Warships Forecast and Industrial & Marine Turbine Forecast. In other defense related areas, he wrote United States Strategic Bombers 1945-2012, Littoral Warfare: Ships and Systems, Navies in the Nuclear Age and Multinational Naval Operations. He was also a regular contributor to a number of leading journals on defense-related subjects. With decades of experience in naval warfare and naval systems analysis, Stuart Slade was one of the world's foremost experts in these fields. He was also the successful author of 14 published novels focusing on defense-related subjects.
Stu, as he was known to his friends, was born and brought-up in post-war England and sometimes spoke of those years during which wartime ravages had left their scars upon his country and an orange was a special treat. Perhaps to understand better the genesis of wars he took an early interest in all things military, with a special focus upon world Navies. That interest continued and after graduating from London University with a BS in Chemistry he was employed by the British Royal Navy on many special projects around the world. Stuart come to the U.S. in 1994 and, after spending some years with the publisher of Janes Fighting Ships, was employed by Forecast International, during which time he received his U.S. citizenship.
He was a unique individual who was well-liked and respected by his fellow analysts and employees, not just for his expertise, but for his warm and friendly personality and his keen sense of humor with a British twist. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, not only for his accomplishments and "Can Do" attitude, but because he was a great American, a patriot, a gentleman and a warm human being.
His is survived by his wife and best friend of many years, Josefa Slade. Because of the pandemic a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Published by Danbury News Times on Dec. 12, 2020.