It is with great sadness that we inform you that the Most Honorable, John D. Slade, one of the founders of Iota Phi Theta has passed away.
Iota Phi Theta brother Kenyatta Slade, the son of John Slade, took to social media to post the following statement about his father’s passing from his father’s Facebook account at 7:55 pm ET on Sunday night.
“It is with great sadness and with great honor and with great pride that I announce the passing of my father and our founder John D. Slade.
He transitioned this morning after a long illness that weakened his body, but never weakened his mind or dulled his spirit. He died in the company of his loving and devoted wife Deborah Slade, whose loyalty and faith seem to have no limits. He died surrounded by the love of his family, his grandchildren and countless Iota Brothers and Sweet Hearts. He died as he lived. A champion for the 5 stars of our shield.
Arrangements are being made and will be announced shortly.
We will honor our founders by living up to their creed. We build a tradition. We do not rest on one.”
This was just announced minutes ago and we at Watch The Yard will be covering the story as it develops.