Deceased August 1, 2023

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Stan Sloss, age 81, died peacefully in his sleep on Aug. 1, 2023, in his hometown, Glenwood Springs, Colo. He lived many years in Washington, and after retirement he spent summers in Glenwood Springs. Before Amherst, he graduated from Garfield County High School. At Amherst, Stan majored in American studies, reflecting his fascination with history and politics. He also became managing editor of The Amherst Student and was inducted into Scarab.

After Harvard Law, Stan worked at the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C., and in private practice with Bob Goldberg ’63 in Alaska. Stan never complained, even when his practice took him to Anchorage for the winter and D.C. for the summer! Stan’s longest work, however, was as a Congressional staffer, with John Seiberling (D-Ohio), David Skaggs (D-Colo.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.). One of his finest accomplishments was helping to birth a new law to govern Alaska’s public lands. Always liberal politically, Stan practiced pragmatic politics, not ideological. He worked well with Republicans and Democrats.

Three memorable anecdotes: First, Stan played matchmaker by introducing his high school friend Sue to Paul Stern ’64; they still thank him, 55 years later. Second, Stan made many road trips to Amherst with other Coloradoans, once in Stan’s newly acquired but ancient Pontiac. They first feared bankruptcy from the car’s thirst for oil, but then it blew a tire. Unfortunately, the spare lacked any meaningful relationship with the Pontiac. Third, en route to Colorado, they “discovered” a speed trap that brought them before the local magistrate. They watched him wrap their $50 fine around a huge wad of bills before pocketing them. Stan’s wry sense of humor kept him the perfect stoic.

He leaves his sister, Ellie Hanlon, and many friends who miss him dearly. 

John Perkins ’64