in memoriam Pete Slater

September 30, 1946-September 27, 2016 Dr. Peter J. Slater of Huntsville passed away Tuesday. He was a Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, in 1968. He served two years in the US Army until 1970, serving in Germany and having the opportunity to travel extensively through Europe. He went on to graduate school at The University of Iowa, earning his Master of Science in Mathematics in 1972 Playing Tripple Town .JPG , and his PhD in Mathematics in 1973. He taught at Cleveland State University, before taking a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Bureau of Standards for one year. Dr. Slater spent six years in the Applied Math Division at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While living in Albuquerque, a new interest and quest for knowledge was opened and he became an avid student and later teacher of Ballroom Dance. Dance became an integral part of his life, and he was a very active member in the dance community of Huntsville. In 1981, Dr. Slater took a position in the Mathematical Sciences Department of the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he could continue his research in graph theory and combinatorics, and also share his love of Mathematics with students. His love of learning continued as well and he received his Master of Science in Computer Science in 1987 from UAH. Dr. Slater took a sabbatical to Singapore where he taught at the National University of Singapore for one year, and another to teach for a semester at Clemson University. Dr. Slater authored/co-authored nearly 250 refereed publications in his field. He presented papers at conferences worldwide. Survivors include his son, Paul Slater (Paige); daughter, Meghan Slater Madeiros (Jonathan); grandchildren, Michael, Jesse, Angelina, JJ, and Thomas, all of Huntsville; brothers, Jim Slater (Mary) of Boise, Idaho and Frank Slater of Denver, Colorado; many nieces and nephews; and his fianc, Nina Bullock of Huntsville. In addition, he leaves behind numerous students, colleagues, and friends. - See more at: 


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