J. Frank Slowey

J. Frank Slowey, Jr. of Bryan, Texas died at his home on Wednesday June 11, 2014. He was 84. A fourth generation Texan, he was born December 18, 1929 in Bryan, Texas, the youngest child of James Frank Slowey, Sr. and Nannie Aline Cobb. He was a member of Stephen F. Austin High School, Class of 1947 and attended Texas A&M College, where as a member of the Class of 1951, he received his B.S. in Chemistry.

Following graduation from Texas A&M, he served with distinction in the United States Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Officer and Diver. He was instrumental in writing the Navy Diving Manual, whose section on scuba diving served as the primary reference for a generation of scuba divers throughout the world.

After leaving the service, he worked for Jet Research in Arlington, Texas, where he engaged in the research and development of perforating shape charges as used by the petroleum industry.

Combining his love of chemistry and the sea, he returned to Texas A&M where he received his M.S and Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography. During his career he worked for the Naval Oceanographic Office in Washington, D.C as well as teaching at Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He retired from the Department of Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M in 1989. He was renowned throughout the academic world for his expertise in the field of Heavy Metals pollution and its effects upon marine and coastal estuarine environments.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Frances, and his children, son James F. Slowey, III and daughter Susan C. Slowey, as well as numerous nieces and a nephew. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Brazos Valley Hospice or the charity of your choice.

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  1. Fran, Pat and I are so sorry to hear about Frank. We remember so many occasions when we had a good if not frank (no pun) conversation with him. He will be missed! Our best to you and the family in this difficult time, we’re thinking of you and old times with BLOTE.
    Best regards–Rodger and Pat




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