It is with great sadness that OCC passes on the message that Thelma Slater, a dear friend of the classics, passed away several days ago. More information can be found here. In 2004, she had set up at endowed lecture for classical studies at her alma mater, Mount Union College. Her son is Niall W. Slater, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Greek and Latin at Emory University.
The Thelma Tournay Slater Classics Lecture at Univ. of Mount Union was made possible through a gift of Thelma E. (Tournay, class of’42) Slater. Her lifelong passion for the classics began at Mount Union. The gift supports student enrichment through an increased appreciation of the civilization and cultural achievements of ancient Greek and Rome that stand at the core of a liberal arts education.
Past Slater Lecturers:
2005 Michele Valerie Ronnick, professor at Wayne State University
2006 An Evening in the Shadow of the Ancient Roman Elite
2007 Lana Schwebel, assistant professor of English at Stern College of Yeshiva University
2009 Dr. Kurt Raaflaub and Dr. Seth Rockman, professors at Brown University
2011 Dr. Niall Slater, professor of Latin and Greek at Emory University
2012 Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mysteries series
2013 Jennifer Niels, Professor at Case Western Reserve University