Times West Virginian
Maynard Duane Slaven, 79, of Grafton, died Tuesday (July 23, 2013) at home, following an extended illness.
He was a graduate of Rainelle High School, where he was the student body president, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of Quill and Scroll, and served on the school newspaper and yearbook. While there, he lettered in three sports, including football, where he was team captain and an All-State selection.
He attended Concord College for two years and transferred to West Virginia University, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi social fraternity, the WVU Student Legislature, the Sphinx Senior Men’s Honorary, and Fi Batar Kappar.
He graduated West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 1958 and became pharmacist in charge of Malone’s Drug and Chemical Co., where he worked for many years. He was the first pharmacist to serve at Grafton City Hospital. Later he was the owner and manager of Medical Arts Pharmacy in Morgantown, and he served as a clinical instructor for the WVU School of Pharmacy.
While in Morgantown, he invented a saliva substitute that helped the quality of life for chemotherapy patients. Later he worked for Humana Hospital, Greenbrier Valley; was the director of pharmacy at Fairmont General Hospital; and was a hospital pharmacist with Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Clarksburg. In his last employment, he served as the first pharmacist at the Preston-Taylor Community Health Center Pharmacy until failing health forced him to retire in 2011.
Slaven was a veteran, having served in the United States Army and the United States Army Reserves for eight years as a recreation director at Fort Sam Houston and as a commanding officer in Clarksburg. He was discharged at the rank of captain in 1967.
He was civic-minded and notably served as Grafton-Taylor County Recreation Commission president, where he was integral in building the Maple Avenue tennis courts and the Fetterman pool and tennis courts. He was honored for this accomplishment by the commission with the “Special Citation to a Citizen Board Member.”
He also was at various times part of the Grafton Area Development Council, the Tygart Valley Development Association and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He served as president of both the Jaycees and Rotary. His love for sports showed in his volunteer work as a member of the Little League Baseball Board of Directors, Pop Warner Football assistant coach, and as girls powderpuff football coach for Grafton High School. He was a skilled and avid angler and a loyal follower of WVU sports.
Slaven is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marcia Malone Slaven; two sons, Michael Duane Slaven and wife Kristina Marie Olson of Morgantown, and Christopher Stuart Maynard “Chip” Slaven of Washington, D.C.; one grandson, Lee Michael Slaven of Morgantown; one sister, Carolyn Slaven Adams and husband Homer “Butch” Adams of Elkins; two sisters-in-law, Rita Slavin of Syracuse, Ohio, and Joyce Slaven of Columbus, Ohio; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ted and Emily Glaser of Wellsburg, and Dr. Paul and Jane Malone of Morgantown. He maintained a close relationship until his death with his cousin Fred Landrum and wife Sity Landrum of Jupiter, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Landrum Slaven and Lacy Slaven; one sister, Rebecca Slaven; and brothers, John, Harry, Gene, Marvin and Jack.
Friends may call at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 4-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Deacon Ray Shaw officiating. Interment will be at West Virginia National Cemetery at a later date.
Online condolences and sympathy gifts can be sent to the Slaven family at www.bartlettfuneralhome.com.