Sloan, a prominent businessman and the son of Leo Eli Bashinsky '13, died Aug. 2, 2005, in Birmingham, Ala.
A cum laude graduate of Lawrenceville, our self-proclaimed "dedicated Southerner" entered Princeton but soon became a talented dropout, serving in the Army Air Force during World War II, and in 1946 joining Magic City Foods, which had a locally popular product â€” Golden Flake Potato Chips.
Sloan sensed the opportunity for creative marketing beyond Birmingham. Starting in sales and production, he rose to president in 1956 and in 1972 was elected chairman of the board of Golden Enterprises, the publicly traded parent company of Golden Flake Snack Foods, which had introduced its products across the South. Recognition of his business acumen included induction into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame at the University of Alabama in 1993.
Sloan set up the Bashinsky Foundation to fund Golden Enterprises Scholarship Awards to children of Golden Enterprises employees. He gave a computer center to the University of Alabama's College of Commerce and Business Administration. He was a trustee of Samford University in Alabama, where he also received a doctorate of laws degree.
To Joann Fulghum, Sloan's wife, to his children, Sloan, Thomas, Elizabeth and Suzanne and their families, the class extends deepest condolences.
The Class of 1942