Fred Slivon died April 2, 2011, in San Rafael, Calif.
Raised in Chicago, he attended Fenger High School, where he was a class leader active in student government, sports, and publications. At Princeton he played freshman football and was on the wrestling squad. He joined Cottage Club and majored in English. His roommates were Frants Albert ’53 and John Nachtrieb ’53. At graduation, Fred was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Influenced by mentors on the faculty, notably R.P. Blackmur, Fred began his lifelong avocation writing poetry in his junior year. However, after graduation he felt compelled to pursue a conventional career path and attended Harvard Law School, from which he graduated with honors. He served in the Army in Germany, worked at a Chicago law firm, and then spent 25 years with magazine publisher R.R. Donnelley, where he was responsible for printing The New Yorker
In 1988, he retired as a senior vice president and moved back to Princeton to devote his full attention to his poetry. He moved to California in 2005 and completed A Dreadful Sin: Collected Poems
, which will be published posthumously.
Fred’s wife, Roberta Olson, died in 2009, 54 years after their marriage. The Slivons are survived by three children, Paul, John, and Sondra, and three grandchildren.
The Class of 1952