Tribute to the late Dr. Frank Slagle planned Sunday

Tribute to the late Dr. Frank Slagle planned Sunday
A tribute to the late USD Law School Professor Frank Slagle will be held on the Vermillion campus this Sunday (Tax Day) with a religious and academic procession beginning at Danforth Chapel at 3 p.m. After a short service at the chapel, the procession will move to the law school for a time of reflection on Dr. Slagle's legacy in the classroom and on campus. The procession will end at the USD Luther Center where the Rev. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl, ELCA South Dakota Synod Bishop, will give an Easter message. The event will conclude there with a reception.

Dr. Slagle's wife, Ruth Ann, and their daughters, Jennifer and Elizabeth, will attend the tribute, along with members of the USD faculty, area clergy, and other community leaders.

Slagle joined the law school in 1984 with expertise in federal income tax and other tax laws. He was twice chosen for the Jackson Memorial Award for Outstanding Professor.


With his knowledge in tax law, Slagle was especially popular this time of year. "That's why this Sunday (April 15) seemed so appropriate for us to host a tribute to him," said the Rev. Kevin Jensen, campus pastor at the

Luther Center. "Dr. Slagle was a strong supporter of Lutheran campus ministry in his service as a lay leader of our synod," Jensen continued. "I am so delighted his family agreed to give us this chance to honor him one more time."

Slagle, who also served on the Vermillion City Council, will also be remembered at Saturday's law review banquet at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. The latest law review volume is being dedicated in his honor. Slagle is among a number of legendary faculty members who have died within the last year at USD, including professor emeritus, William O. "Doc" Farber, whose funeral was March 31 in Vermillion.

Slagle died in September after a two-year battle with brain cancer. Pastor Jensen of the Luther Center was one of Dr. Slagle's many visitors during his last few weeks in the hospital. "I guess we all sensed he would soon be joining the heavenly church triumphant, because I started telling him about how my father died in a farm accident a number of years ago," Jensen said. "I even told him about the banner my dad had made in 1993 for my hometown centennial worship service in Irene right before he died." The banner, titled Celebrating the Journey, will lead Sunday's procession.

The family asks for memorials to be given to the Luther Center, 723 E. Cherry St., Vermillion, SD 57069 or Lutheran Campus Ministry, 8765 E. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631. The Luther Center is used for worship, ministry, student gatherings, community meetings and study space. Its mission statement is "Growing in Christian faith through service, worship and fellowship."

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