Nancy Slaughter ’58

2013 Alumni Service Award

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When Nancy Slaughter graduated in 1958, it wouldn’t have been a stretch to predict that she’d be an active Macalester alumna—after all, The Mac Weekly archives from her time on campus frequently mention her leadership roles on behalf of commissions, clubs, and campus events. But it would’ve been hard to imagine the range and depth of her involvement. By the time she was honored with Macalester’s Distinguished Citizen Citation in 1983, she had already served as a trustee, Alumni Board president, Annual Fund chair, and interim alumni director.

Since then, Slaughter has continued to be a valuable asset to Mac in roles from 50th Reunion chair to Annual Fund letter-signer and phonathon caller to trustees emeriti chair. In addition, she has generously supported the college’s campaigns, renovation projects, and scholarships. As a longtime Annual Fund donor, she has made a gift nearly every year since graduation.

Slaughter learned the importance of volunteerism at an early age. “My father was involved in community activities his entire life,” she says. When she transferred to Macalester as a sophomore, she saw the same spirit of activism. She studied elementary education and social science and went on to earn a master’s degree in education, working first as a teacher for 20 years and then as a publicist and development consultant.

In the decades since college, Slaughter’s service has touched nearly every sector of the state’s nonprofit network. She has volunteered on numerous boards, including the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Minnesota Humanities Commission, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library, Dale Warland Singers, and Presbyterian Homes and Services. Our communities—at 1600 Grand and beyond—are stronger because of her leadership and support.