Robert's Story

ROQUE BLUFFS - Robert Wesley Sloan, PhD, of Roque Bluffs, Maine, passed away on October 24, 2015, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, following a brief illness. Bob was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 10, 1930, to John and Letha Sloan.

Bob graduated from Godwin High School in 1948, where he excelled in track and other sports. After high school, he joined the United State Air Force. Following a four year stint in the service, Bob returned to Michigan and enrolled in Alma College, where he earned his bachelors degree in History. While at Alma College, he met his wife of 60 years, Elmere (Rick) Erickson and they were married in September 1954. He went on to earn his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Both Bob and Rick taught high school in Michigan for a few years and then they moved to Montpelier Vermont where he taught college. He taught at the college level in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, and Gunnison, Colorado, before coming to the University of Maine at Machias in 1968.

Bob had a very long and distinguished career at UMM. He retired in 1994, and was awarded Professor Emeritus status. While at UMM, he taught many different history courses, and served as Division Chair, Acting Dean of Academic Affairs, and Acting President of UMM. He was a founding member of the UMM Policy Board, Coach of the UMM Mens and Womens Hockey Clubs, Founder and Coach of the UMM Womens Soccer Club, Coach of the UMM Tennis Club and advisor to the UMM History Club. He also initiated world travel courses for UMM and took many students on educational trips throughout the United States and Europe. He was a member of the UMM Chorale for many years and loved singing the Messiah. He was very active in the community serving on the Roque Bluffs Planning Board and the Board of Assessors, and assisting with the writing of the history of Roque Bluffs, was a member of the Roque Bluffs Singers, the Machias Community Band, and the Barbershop Quartet that performed in the Blueberry Festival and other events. Bob was a true gentleman who was very devoted to his wife, Rick, who passed away in May 2015. He loved nature, going for walks, playing tennis, feeding the birds and caring for their cats. He loved hockey and enjoyed his time as Coach of the UMM Teams. In his retirement, he became a skilled wood carver. He and Rick loved to travel and enjoyed a number of trips to Europe. They loved New England and especially enjoyed going for rides throughout Maine and Vermont.

He leaves his brother, James, to whom he was very close to; nephews, James II, John and Michael; and niece, Jayne, and their families all of Michigan; and many Machias friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Powers Hall on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias. Those wishing to remember Bob in a special way, may contribute in his memory to Porter Memorial Library, 92 Court St., Machias, ME 04654. Final arrangements by Direct Cremation of Maine.
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