My pal John Slatter, who has actually passed away aged 73, was a scholastic in the field of Russian research studies. Along with research study into the peasantry, he produced fascinating deal with the function of Russian émigrés in Britain throughout the last half-century of Tsarist guideline.
Born in Richmond, south-west London, John was embraced by Henrietta (nee Grundy) and Albert Slatter, a red wine cup. He went to Latymer Upper school, Hammersmith, then checked out Russian and French at Jesus College, Cambridge (1963-66). At Cambridge, we ended up being buddies from the start.
In the summer season of 1964 we took a trip to Moscow to participate in a language course. At Victoria train station, London, en path, I presented him to an associate, Irene Gottlieb, a trainee of Russian at the University of London. They were wed on 30 July 1966, the day England won the World Cup.
After graduation John signed up with the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, finishing a social sciences master’s degree, and a PhD on the peasantry and the rural Soviets in the early years of Soviet power, monitored byMoshe Lewin On the other hand, in 1968, he was selected a speaker in Russian history and language at the University of Durham, where he invested the rest of his scholastic profession, and where Irene ended up being a Russian language instructor.
John was really healthy as a trainee, however in his 40 s he was detected with type 2 diabetes. As his health weakened, he stayed up to date with Russian culture and present affairs by viewing Russian movies and satellite tv; with aggravating vision he listened to Russian documentaries and plays, in addition to his cherished music. A deeply cultured guy, he had an interest in music that varied from classical to jazz and beyond. It was he who initially familiarized me both with the music of Charles Aznavour and with Mozart’s superb G small Piano Quartet.
After retirement in 2003, he and Irene continued to vacation in Antibes, in the south of France, each summer season up until really just recently. Regardless of his own condition John was a dedicated and encouraging hubby to Irene, who had significant illness of her own. They commemorated their 50 th wedding event anniversary in 2016 with terrific happiness.
John was kind, amusing, self-effacing and deeply principled, and a caring hubby and dad. He is endured by Irene, their 2 boys, Stephen and Paul, and a grand son, Sebastian.