Dr. Robert H. Slater, 88, a longtime Stevens Point physician and founding member of the Rice Clinic, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2000, at his home.
Services were at noon Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, with Pastor Ken Knutson officiating. Burial was in Forest Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday at the Shuda Funeral Chapel and Saturday at the church before the services.
Dr. Slater was born Feb. 10, 1912, in Milwaukee, a son of the late William and Theresa Slater. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Lafayette Sherman, in Seymour.
He received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and completed his internship at the La Crosse Lutheran Hospital.
He was married to Claudia Estenson, a nurse, in La Crosse on May 27, 1939.
After their marriage, they worked together in Granton and Marion.
In 1943, he moved to Stevens Point, joining Dr. Rhody Rice as an obstetrician.
After the war, Dr. Slater and five other physicians helped to found the Rice Clinic. For nearly 40 years, he delivered babies and assisted in surgery. He started an emergency center within the clinic near the end of his career to provide treatment for patients unable to see their physician. He retired in 1982.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he taught Sunday school, chaired the Worship Committee and belonged to the men’s Bible study.
He played violin for the city’s symphony orchestra for many years. After retiring, he played trombone for the Grenadiers, a local band.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Roberta Holthusen, Stevens Point, Lorilyn (James Kobza) Mortensen, Biron, and Julie (Jeff) Choquette, Minneapolis; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.