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William 'Bill' Sloatman Jr., 97, Longtime Former Stamford Resident

STAMFORD, Conn. -- William "Bill" Samuel Sloatman Jr., a resident of Litchfield Beach, S.C. and formerly a longtime resident of Stamford, died Friday, Jan. 8. He was 97.

Born in Germantown, Pa., Sloatman studied chemical engineering at Penn State. As a research chemist with American Cyanamid during World War II, he contributed to the war effort by designing materials for lighter aircraft and safer helmets. 

Sloatman and his wife were longtime members of the First Congregational Church in Stamford. After 40 years at American Cyanamid, he retired to Sarasota, Fla. There, he was the commodore of the Sarasota Yacht Club and volunteered for the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He and his wife then moved to South Carolina.

He is survived by his children, Bill Sloatman and Janet Files; and grandchildren Lindsey Sloatman Wentz, and William, Michael, Margaret and Daniel Files. Sloatman was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Dorothy "Dottie" Miller.

The family had a private service, and a memorial will be conducted in South Carolina at a later date. McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach assisted with arrangements.

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