Slaters celebrate 65th
Miriam and Paul Slater of Northampton will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on May 1 with a visit later this year to North Hero, Vt., where they spent their honeymoon. The couple were married on May 1, 1948, by a justice of the peace in Elkton, Md., following Paul Slater’s honorable discharge from the Navy at the end of World War II. Both natives of Brooklyn, N.Y., Miriam Slater worked at a yarn shop as a knitting instructor and Paul Slater as a diesel mechanic in Brooklyn. The couple relocated to East Brunswick, N.J., in 1955 where they owned and ran a chicken and sheep farm for 17 years.
In 1970, the Slaters moved to Amherst, where Miriam Slater, having earned a Ph.D at Princeton University while living in New Jersey, became the first Master of Dakin House at Hampshire College and taught feminist history. Paul Slater went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and taught for several years at Hampshire College.
The Slaters, who moved to Northampton in 1974, retired several years ago. Their children, Margaret Slater and Leo Slater and his wife, Eden, and friends of the couple will celebrate their anniversary with them in Vermont.