George Richard ‘Dick’ Slade Obituary

Slade, George Richard “Dick” 1931-2022 Dick Slade was born January 12, 1931 in Duluth to George Norman Slade and Elizabeth Carr Slade. He died April 30, 2022 in Minneapolis of complications from Alzheimer’s dementia. Dick is survived by his wife Ella Carpenter Slade, his children George Gilbert Slade of Minneapolis, Helen Carpenter Slade of Chicago (Joe Byrd), Andrew Hill Slade of Duluth (Sally Rauschenfels) and Molli Carr Slade of Roseville (Chris Bjorklund), and his grandchildren Juliet, Laura, Milan, Cormac, Odin, Hans, Noah, Annabel and Olive. Dick was predeceased by his brother Norman Timothy Slade and is survived by his brother James William Slade (Jenella) and sister Elizabeth (“Lee”) Slade Driscoll. Dick’s father worked for the Northern Pacific Railway and the family moved from Duluth to Glendive and Missoula, MT. The family settled at Fenlea Farm in Dellwood. Dick attended St. Paul Academy and graduated from Canterbury School in 1948. He graduated from Yale University in 1952. Dick married Mary Ella Carpenter of St. Paul on April 7, 1956 at St. Mary of the Lake at White Bear Lake. The family lived in Deephaven, Mound, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Dick’s career path spanned Northwestern National Bank (including eight years as President of Northwestern National Bank, St. Paul), Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and US Bank. Dick has also served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Wilder Foundation, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Ordway Music Theatre, James J. Hill Reference Library, Nature Conservancy, Minnesota Land Trust, Hamline University, the St. Paul Urban League and the Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation. . His life has always been more than his job. Dick traveled widely, usually combined with outdoor adventures like woodcock hunting in the Crimea, hiking through England or the Alps, a pilgrimage from Spain to Rome, and downhill skiing in the Rockies and the Chile. The best adventures have been on the North Shore of Lake Superior, where he and Ella have built a home and hosted memories for friends and family: hiking, ski trips, melting, berry picking, picnics on the paved beaches and card games. Retirement signaled new challenges. He hiked the entire upper hiking trail. He earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Hamline University. He and Ella traveled to China, New Zealand and Alaska. He got sober and rediscovered cookies. He wrote the book on Minnesota’s major bank holding companies. Dick arrived at his 70th birthday party on cross-country skis and got his first tattoo in honor of his and Ella’s 60th birthday. Madness dampened her gregarious jokes. Until the end, he remained the gentle, curious, kind and loving man he had always been. The family wishes to thank the nursing staff of the Abiitan Mill City Hospice and Ecumen. Please send tributes to the G. Richard Slade Scholarship Fund at MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design). A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, 60 N. Kent St, Saint Paul.

Posted May 4, 2022

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