ORONO - Charles P. Slavin, 58, died unexpectedly July 30, 2012 at home. He was born May 31, 1954, in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Herman and Mary (Dorcas) Slavin.
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Charlie grew up Beth Page, N.Y. He earned an AB in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1976, and an MA and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1979 and 1984. Charlie started as a math professor at UMaine in 1984 and was known for his drive to challenge conventional teaching practices and to reach beyond his own discipline for the benefit of his students and the university. In 1997 Charlie was chosen to become the Director of the Honors Program at UMaine, and after successfully transitioning the program to an Honors College in 2002, he was named Dean in 2004. During his 15 years leading Honors at UMaine, Charlie considered himself lucky to have "the best job on campus" and arrived every day with a vision to make Honors a true community of students, faculty, and staff. He went above and beyond the duties of professor and administrator, always arriving to campus early and staying late to attend events, lectures, and student presentations. Colleagues and friends will fondly remember Charlie for pink shirts, crocs, leaving hats across campus, bringing his own hot sauce to meals, and late-night email exchanges. Charlie always let his students, colleagues and friends know how much they meant to him, and he was committed to helping others reach their fullest potential. Charlie was an avid sports fan and an enthusiastic fan of women's athletics, but loved nothing more than watching his kids play ice hockey and soccer. Charlie was a loving husband and father and loyal friend to many. He was supportive, inquisitive, and passionate about learning, and will be forever missed and remembered.
Charlie was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Nancy E. Hall; and son, Sam, of Orono and his children, Matthew Westhoven of Boston and Meagan Westhoven and her husband, Christian Kennel of Santa Monica, Calif.
A private gathering will be held in the coming days, and a community-wide celebration of life will be planned for the fall semester at the University of Maine and will be open for all to attend. Those who wish to remember Charlie in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Charlie Slavin UMaine Fund. Please make checks payable to the "University of Maine Foundation," 2 Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469, or online at www.umainefoundation.org.
Published in BDN Maine on Aug. 1, 2012