James W. Sloan, 91, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019.
Jim was born December 30, 1927 in Hoxie, KS the son of Floyd A. and Gladys Wilburma (Gallogly) Sloan. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1945. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University in 1950 and his Juris Doctorate from Washburn Law School in 1952.
He joined the law firm of Sloan, Hamilton & Sloan (now Sloan, Eisenbarth, Glassman, McEntire & Jarboe L.L.C), where he was a partner from 1955 until his retirement in 2008. He was a member of the Topeka Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In 1996 he was named as honorary president of the Topeka Bar Association. He served on the Board of Directors of Topeka Civic Theater, Inc. where he was president in 1955 and elected to their Hall of Fame in 1991. In 2009 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Washburn University. Jim was Chairman of the Shawnee County Democratic Central Committee from 1961 to 1966 and was a Presidential Elector in 1964. He served as a Member of the Board of Friends of the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library and its Foundation. He was also a Member of the Board of Kansas Children’s Service League and was Chairman of the Topeka Advisory Council of the Kansas Children’s Service League in 1996 and a Member of its Foundation. He has also been a Member of the Topeka Salvation Army Advisory Board since 1981.
Jim has served as Treasurer of the Alpha Delta Alumni Association since 1957. He is a Trustee of the Washburn Endowment Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Ichabod Club and Washburn University Alumni Association.
In 1998, Jim received the Distinguished Service Award from the Washburn Alumni Association and the Person of the Year Award from the Ichabod Club. He was named Alpha Delta Outstanding Alumnus of the year in 1968.
Jim established the James W. Sloan Law Scholarship at Washburn University. With other members of his law firm, they established the Sloan, Listrom, Eisenbarth, Sloan & Glassman Scholarship at the Washburn University School of Law. Jim also established the James W. Sloan Scholarship Fund for Golf, James W. Sloan Men’s Tennis Scholarship and the Jeanne Bowman Wohlberg Drama Scholarship.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his two sisters, Mary Harkness and Patricia Ann Lusk.
A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2019 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 SW 21st Topeka, KS 66604.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Washburn University Foundation 1729 SW MacVicar Ave. Topeka, KS 66604 or the Alpha Delta Fraternity at Washburn University, PO Box 1383 Topeka, KS 66601.
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