William D. Slanger was born October 9, 1944 in Baker, Montana to Benjamin Slanger of Montana and Josephine Comfort Slanger of Wilmette, Illinois.
At the end of second grade he moved to a small ranch that provided an environment in which he developed tremendous courage, then a large capacity for work, and then an endurance of focus. He graduated from Dillon Beaverhead County high school of Southwest Montana 1963. A baccalaureate of Animal Science from Montana State University was obtained 1967. Marie Marchington of Gardiner, Montana and William were married July 11, 1970. Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY followed in 1972 and 1975. He was hired as an assistant professor of Animal Sciences in 1975 by North Dakota State University. He worked his way through the professorship ranks to full-professor in 1987, then Interim Dean of the Graduate School for five years and then in 2000 Director of Institutional Research and Analysis, a job for which he was well-suited. From 2003 through 2007 he was an Examiner and then Senior Examiner for the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. A serious countenance masked a clever sense of humor and a delight in occasionally making fun of himself.
Sons Robert William; James Eric; and Daniel Lee were born 1976 through 1981. William and Marie parented in full instinctive partnership with equal 100% commitment to providing the best parenting for these sons they personally could provide. All three are one of the best in their diverse, chosen professional fields and are loving, caring, and supportive of their families, friends, and acquaintances.
William liked to be involved. He was usually contributing at low to medium levels to church, Boy Scouts of America, or Rotary International. He is thankful for the socialization these many interactions provided him. From 2003 through 2013 he worked on a weekly basis with the New Sudanse Community Association, which, with Marie’s vital contributions, was awarded $200,000 of competitive money for leadership training and community organization. This experience provided opportunities to meet international persons of indomitable spirit.
He is survived by Marie, sons Robert (Carrie Luiken), James (Gretchen Steffenson), and Daniel; grandchildren Mack, Ellie , Mason and Nora Slanger, brother George, and nephews Brian and Marc Slanger.
A memorial suggestion is Rotary Foundation