In memory of
Arthur Gaines Slade
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In memory of
Arthur Gaines Slade
Arthur Gaines Slade President Emeritus, Animal Rescue League of Boston GROTON -- Arthur Gaines Slade, 86, of Groton, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, at in his home surrounded by his family. Arthur leaves his wife Susan Sorbo Slade, a son Arthur G. Slade Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Heath Slade of Frederick, Maryland, a daughter, Amy Lee Slade and her husband, James L. Baglini, of West Roxbury, MA, a sister, Jessie S. Slade of East Hartford, CT, his niece Kathleen and her husband David, his nephew Paul and his wife Dina, his nephew Thomas and his wife Beth, and his nephew John and his wife Tina. Arthur was born on March 9, 1931, in Hartford, CT, to Richard E. Slade and Jessie G. Slade. Hegraduated from University of Connecticut in 1956. Following graduation Arthur served as a first Lieutenant in United States Army, for two years active duty on the facility of Nike Guided Missiles at Fort Bliss, Texas. He remained in the Army Reserves until 1965, achieving the rank of Captain. After his Army service he first worked for the Connecticut Humane Society, as a law enforcement agent and then as Director of the Animal Department. In 1964, Arthur became the Director of Operations for the Animal Rescue League, of Boston. In 1976, Arthur became Vice President and in 1977, President of the Animal Rescue of Boston for 28 years retiring in 2005 after 41 years with the title of President Emeritus. Arthur was a former President and Director of the New England Federation of Humane Societies, and past Treasurer and Director of New England Livestock Conservation. He was President of the Pets and People Foundation, for 5 years at the time the Foundation was established. During the 1970s and 1980s, he served as a Director of the American Humane Association, for 12 years, and he was National Chairman of the American Humane Animal Advisory Committee, for 10 years. From 1983-1986, he was the national President of the American Humane Association. He was Chairman of the New England Service Council for the Protection of Children and Animals for over 20 years. He served as a Director of the Red Acre Farm Hearing Dog Program in Stow, MA, and he assisted in the formation of the program. Arthur was a Director and Treasurer for U.S. financial affairs of the World Society for the Protection of Animals with headquarters in London, England. During his long career in the humane field he received many honors and awards; among them were the Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Agriculture, University of Connecticut in 1986, National Lifetime Achievement Award, American Humane Association in 1995, and the Anna Harris Smith Award, given at the Animal Rescue League, of Boston's 100th anniversary. In addition, he was the first recipient of the Arthur G. Slade Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the Animal Rescue League, of Boston in 2005. He was also a member of the Executive's Club of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Boston Rotary Club. Arthur's family wishes to thank the Groton Police Department, the Groton Fire Department, Care Dimensions hospice, Deaconess Abundant Life Services, and in particular his aide, Richard Kisakye, and Dr. Arjun Butte for their guidance and their compassionate care. SLADE -- Funeral services will be held 12 noon Thursday, April 20th, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 17 Clark Street, Belmont. Burial to follow at the Groton Cemetery in Groton, Calling hours are 4-7 Wednesday, April 19th, at the Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Rd., (Rte 2A) Ayer. Please see for additional information. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Arthur's memory to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116.
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