January 13, 2011
PGHSAA KOII March, 2011.
Billy Sloan, long-time history teacher at PGHS, died at the age of 78 on Jan.13, 2011, in PG.
Born in Los Angeles, Bill attended LA schools and then joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a radar technician aboard the USS ESTES AGC-12 serving in the Pacific Islands. After his discharge from the Navy he went back to school and obtained a masters degree in history.
His first job was at Pacific Grove High School where he stayed until he retired in 1994. In 1968 he won a Fulbright Scholarship grant to study Egyptian history in Egypt.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Madelyn Petrovich Sloan (also faculty) in 2004. He leaves two children, Georgianne Sloan Checchi '82 of Pacific Grove, and Morgan Sloan '86 of La Quinta; three grandchildren, and one brother, Thomas Sloan of Lake Havasu, AZ
Monterey County Herald, CA Jan 15, 2011
BILLY RAY SLOAN June 19, 1932 ~ January 13, 2011 PACIFIC GROVE - It is with sadness that we share the passing of our father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Billy Ray Sloan, 78, on January 13, 2011, with his family at his side. Bill was the third of five children born to Raymond Morgan Sloan and Georgia Mae (McCullough) Sloan on June 19, 1932, in Los Angeles, California.
Bill attended Los Angeles schools and then joined the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was a Radar Technician aboard the USS ESTES AGC-12 where he saw duty in the Pacific Islands. After his discharge from the Navy he used his GI Bill to go back to school and pursue a career in teaching with a Masters Degree in History.
His first job was at Pacific Grove High School where he stayed until he retired in 1994. It was in his second year of teaching that he met the love of his life, a fellow instructor named Madelyn Petrovich. They were married at their alma mater, Whittier College Chapel on June 16, 1962. Several of the high school students drove to Whittier to witness the ceremony.
One of the highlights of his career was the Fulbright Scholarship Grant he earned the Summer of 1968 to go abroad to Egypt to continue his study of Egyptian History.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Madelyn on September 20, 2004. He leaves a daughter, Georgianne Checchi (Ronald) of Pacific Grove, and a son, Morgan Sloan (Melissa) of La Quinta, CA. Oppie (named by Austin) leaves three grandchildren, Austin Sloan, Brianna Sloan, and Nicholas Checchi. A brother, Thomas Sloan of Lake Havasu, AZ survives him in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank the Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of the Central Coast for their love and help. A thank you to his golfing buddy, Al Santini and a thank you to David Griffiths, who played the cribbage challenge with Bill each week. The family asks that any memorials or donations be sent to the Pacific Grove High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 51396, Pacific Grove, California 93950.
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