Harriet Slaughter, Long-Time Supporter of IUSO Dies

Monday, October 27, 2014

Harriet Slaughter, Long-Time Supporter of IUSO Dies
Harriet Powlen "H.P." Slaughter, 88, Logansport, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at WoodBridge Health Campus.

Harriet Elizabeth Powlen was born in Memorial Hospital, Logansport, on March 5, 1926, to Hildegarde Gates Powlen and Lester James Powlen.

She lived in Lucerne, where she attended Lucerne School until she was 8 years old at which time the family moved to Logansport. Harriet was a 1944 graduate of Logansport High School and a graduate of Gulf Park College for Women, Gulf Port, MS where she received her degree in government and political science.

She was a member of Delta Alpha Sigma, social sorority, and Phi Theta Kappa, scholastic honorary society. She later attended Indiana University and earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education.

After graduating from Gulf Park, Mrs. Slaughter was employed at the Pentagon in Administration. Upon returning to Indiana, she was employed as a buyer for L.S. Ayres in Indianapolis. While in Indianapolis, she met and married Roy C. Slaughter II.

In 1957, she obtained her brokerage license and was a stock broker for Investors Diversified Services. Beginning in 1965, Harriet taught third grade at Columbia Elementary School until her retirement in 1990. "Mrs. Slaughter" loved teaching and positively impacted many of her students. She was well-respected by her fellow teachers and administrators.

She remained in contact with many of her students until her passing. Harriet, in addition, received recognition as "Teacher of the Year" while she taught in Logansport.

After retirement, Harriet lived in Kalamazoo, MI for fifteen years, while continuing to visit and maintain the family homestead built by her great grandfather in 1858. While living in Kalamazoo, she was active with Kalamazoo Art Association, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and Western Michigan University's literary program.

Harriet was also active in various local civic organizations. She was active with the Chamber of Commerce, was an officer with Tri Kappa Sorority, and was a board member of the Cass County Historical Society. In addition, she was a board member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and served as treasurer for over two decades, Harriet received the Presidents Award for Support of Indiana University and also served on the Indiana University-Kokomo Advisory Council. She was a Trustee for the E.F. Wildermuth Foundation. Harriet served on the Board of Directors of the Logansport Art Association for several years, and was on the Public Relations Committee for the Logansport School Corporation. She received the Business and Professional Women's "Woman of the Year" award in 1971. Harriet was a member of the Little Turtle Waterway and attended Calvary Presbyterian Church and Indian Creek Christian Church.

Harriet was an avid storyteller, especially on road trips. She enjoyed traveling, attending Indianapolis Motor Speedway events and IU ball games, as well as tending her flower gardens. Harriet was a loving mother and an endearing grandmother and is survived by two sons, Roy C. Slaughter III, and Jonathan D. Slaughter, both of Bloomington; two grandsons, Roy C. Slaughter IV, Atlanta, GA, and Matthew P. Slaughter, Royal Center; a brother, L.J. Powlen, Jr., Hagerstown, MD.; her daughter-in-law and close friend, Connie Slaughter, Logansport; and three nieces, three nephews and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Leslie Joan Powlen Kennedy. Harriet touched the lives and hearts of many people, setting an example of learning and caring that never ends. She will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the E.F. Wildermuth Foundation, Harriet Slaughter Scholarship for the I.U. School of Optometry. Please send donations to: E.F. Wildermuth Foundation, Attn: Robert Lee, 1014 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH, 43215.

At Harriet's request, the family has scheduled a Remembrance of Her Life. This reception will be on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Angie's Catering & Cakes, 1007 17th Street, Logansport.

Interment will be in Indian Creek Christian Cemetery at a later date.