Roger Slater
Full Name:  Roger C. Slater
     Born:  May 12, 1929 in Akron, Oh
     Died:  November 26, 2005 in Tucson, Az

FSU Career
Swimming & Diving
Year  Pos     Hgt  Wgt  Cl  Ltr  Hometown
48-49 D                 So   *   Akron, OH                       
49-50 D                 Jr   *   Akron, OH                       
50-51 D                 Sr   *   Akron, OH                       

Swimming & Diving
Year  Award
1951  NCAA Championships - One-Meter Diving (6th)
Elected into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1994
Few athletes have had as stored and successful a career at Florida State and beyond than Roger Slater. A diver and swimmer in the Navy, Slater was recruited by FSU Coach Bim Stults in 1948 and become a one-man swimming gold mine.

Roger won All-State low board diving honors three straight years and was an All-American swimmer and boxing champion in high school. Slater came to Florida State where he became famous for his half-gainer twist with a layout, and forward one-and-one half somersault pike with a full twist. So dominant was Slater that he finished his intercollegiate career undefeated. In 1951, Slater became FSU's first All-American in any sport earning the title in one-meter diving.

Slater excelled academically as well, completing his pre-med degree in just three years. After attending Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Slater now lives in Blythe, California where he has practiced medicine for 34 years.

Obituary for Roger C. Slater
Posted by the Daily Courier, Prescott, Arizona on Dec. 3, 2005

Dr. Roger C. Slater, M.D., age 76, of Prescott, Ariz., died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, at the University Medical Center in Tucson. Roger was born May 12, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, to Ernest and Elsie Morley Slater.

Roger served in the US Navy from 1946 to 1948. He attended Florida State University and became FSU's 1st All American in 1950 for diving and repeated the honor in 1951. He was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1994. Roger attended medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, graduating in 1955. He started his medical practice in Blythe, Calif., where he was Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Palo Verde Hospital, where he practiced for over 40 years. He then "semi-retired" in Prescott in 1995.

Dr. Slater then became Medical Director for Yavapai County Long Term Care from 2002 to 2004. He loved life, flying, chess, Las Vegas, writing, reading and his family.

Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Judy of Prescott; children, Gidget (Pat) Schutte of Prescott, Kandee (Chris) Todd of Prescott, Buffy (John) Baer of Englewood, Colo., Sandy (Alma) Slater of Blythe, Calif., Rex (Betty) Slater of Blythe, Calif., Randy Ison of Indio, Calif., Ellen McCarran of Florida, Bruce (Jan Hogle) Slater of Madison, Wis.; brothers, Paul (Pita) of San Pedro, Calif, and Keith (Beatrice) of Long Beach, Calif.; sister, Joan Smith of Georgia; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A private family service will be held Saturday, Dec.3, 2005.

FSU Statistics
Swimming & Diving
   Date    Opponent/Meet                  Event                         Place  Results Points
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            1949 Season
01/22/1949 MIAMI                          Diving                          1              5.00
01/27/1949 EMORY                          Diving                          1              5.00
01/28/1949 GEORGIA                        Diving                          3              1.00
02/12/1949 GEORGIA                        Diving                          1              5.00
02/26/1949 EMORY                          Diving                          2              3.00
03/02/1949 MIAMI                          Diving                          1              5.00
03/05/1949 SOUTHEASTERN AAU               One-Meter Diving                2              4.00
04/06/1949 PENSACOLA NAS                  Diving                          1              5.00
            1950 Season
01/28/1950 GEORGIA                        Diving                          1              5.00
02/04/1950 MIAMI                          Diving                          1              5.00
02/09/1950 GEORGIA                        Diving                          1              5.00
02/11/1950 GEORGIA TECH                   Diving                          1              5.00
02/24/1950 MIAMI                          Diving                          1    377.00    5.00
03/04/1950 SOUTHEASTERN AAU               Diving                          1              5.00
03/11/1950 PENSACOLA NAS                  Diving                          1    353.50    5.00
            1951 Season
01/18/1951 GEORGIA                        Diving                          1    133.40    5.00
01/20/1951 PENSACOLA NAS                  Diving                          2     95.10    3.00
01/27/1951 GEORGIA                        Diving                          1    117.00    5.00
02/17/1951 MIAMI                          Diving                          1     91.90    5.00
03/03/1951 SOUTHEASTERN AAU CHAMPIONSHIPS Diving                          1              5.00
03/10/1951 FLORIDA AAU CHAMPIONSHIPS      Diving                          1              5.00
03/31/1951 NCAA                           One-Meter Diving                6              1.00
03/31/1951 NCAA                           Three-Meter Diving             10