Herman E. Slotnick, professor emeritus of the University of Alaska, died in Seattle on Jan. 6. He was 85.
After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Slotnick joined the History Department at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 1955. In order to make ends meet, he also worked as a night watchman on campus. He taught for 23 years at the university and served for many years as the head of the History Department. He co-authored the "History of Alaska," which he revised after retiring in 1977.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Slotnick, of Seattle, and five children and their spouses: Neil and Kate Slotnick of Juneau; Constance Wilson of Coulee Dam, Wash; Beatrice and Peter Crane Seattle; Laurie Slotnick and Ron Rafson, and Sylvia Slotnick and Jim Lokken of Fairbanks. Grandchildren include Hannah and Liza Slotnick of Juneau.