ALTONA — William W. Slocum, 82, of Altona, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at Meadowbrook Healthcare Facility in Plattsburgh.
He was born April, 29, 1925 in Middlebury, Vermont, the son of Drs. Julia Wieters Slocum and Howard Irving Slocum.
He graduated from Middlebury High School and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from St. Lawrence University and a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He married Carolyn Beulah Sargent December 23, 1948. He is survived by two sons. Howard William Slocum of Mannsville, New York and Dr. Philip Slocum of Kirksville, Missouri. His wife predeceased him in 1990.
Bill was a science teacher, vice-principal and later superintendent of schools spending most of his career at Altona Central School. He has been a charter member of the Altona Fire department since 1959 and served as fire commissioner. He is past president of the Plattsburgh Clinton County Joint Council on economic opportunity, a former member of the Kent Delord House Museum and a NYS hunter safety instructor.
He was a board member and 1st VP of WCFE - today known as Mountain Lake TV. Bill has also served as chairman of the senior citizens housing committee in Altona. He is past Exalted Ruler of BPOE #621 in Plattsburgh, has held membership in Kiwanis from 1970-1980, earning the District President's Award. Bill is also a 32 degree Mason. He was a member of the NY Chapter of the National Education Association and the American Association of School Administrators. He was also an Elder in the Chazy Presbyterian church. He is a member of the WWII Air Force Association having served as a navigator and a bombardier in the Army Air Corps and the American Legion from 1945. He was a member of the Consistory Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Albany and Vermont.
Mr. Slocum has dedicated himself to service the Adirondack Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He started as a cub scout in 1934 and became an Eagle Scout in June, 1940. He was continuously in the Boy Scout Movement for 73 years. He joined the Adirondack Council in 1954 and served as Cub Pack leader, Wood Badge Trained scoutmaster, District committee chairman, World Jamboree Scoutmaster, Assistant Scout Master to a Philmont scout trip when he was over 60 years old. He was also a "Voyager Scout" and a leader of the local Sea Scout Ship in the few years of their existence. He was Council president for three terms, and received the Silver Beaver award in 1958 and the District Award of Merit in 1985.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, and had traveled to Europe and China. He was an avid reader and particularly like histories and biographies. His favorite place on earth was his "Huntin Campt" in Ripton, Vermont.
He married Beverly Slocum in April of 1992. Besides his wife and children he leaves behind his brother, Warren, in Sun City Florida, his sister Judy and Dr. Arthur VanDerburgh of Portland, Maine and Joanne and Stewart Elder of Freemont, Ohio. He also leaves 6 grandchildren Erich and Allison Slocum of Kirksville, Missouri, Joshua Slocum of Watertown, New York, Matthew Slocum of Watertown, New York, Audra Slocum of Columbus, Ohio, Giles Slocum of Ames, Iowa, and Julia Slocum of Kennisington, Maryland. Four step children also survive.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the E. F. Drown Funeral Service in Ellenburg Depot. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the funeral home chapel. Inurnment will be in the Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens mausoleum in Ellenburg Depot at a later date.