Robert Louis Slaughter
Robert “Bob” Louis Slaughter was born in Laredo, Texas on January 4, 1942 to Julian Louis Slaughter and Pilar Macias Slaughter. After attending Ursuline Academy and St. Joseph’s Academy in Laredo, Bob attended St. Edwards University in Austin, TX where he majored in History and English. Upon graduating St. Edwards in 1964, Bob embarked on a long and distinguished career in education. He spent the first 25 years of his career building Fort Worth’s Trinity Valley School (TVS) from a fledgling all-boys school into one of the most prestigious private college preparatory schools in America. During his tenure at TVS, Bob served as a teacher, coach, sports teams bus driver, facilities director, director of admissions and business manager. He often held several of these positions at the same time. After leaving TVS in 1989, Bob spent another two decades in education as an athletic director, Spanish teacher, and coach for various schools including the Awty International School, Floresville High School, and Clear Creek High School.
Bob loved all sports and he instilled this love into the kids he coached. Over the years, he coached high school and middle school football, basketball, volleyball, and even golf. But his passion was coaching high school girls and boys varsity basketball. Bob even spent several summers coaching at the Mississippi College basketball camps.
When Bob wasn’t coaching or teaching, he loved movies and TV shows, eating at his favorite restaurants, and exploring new places. In his younger years, Bob was also very active. One of his favorite activities was snow skiing. Every year he volunteered to chaperone the TVS school spring break ski trip and took his family with him. He loved to challenge himself on the black diamond slopes.
While Bob had many professional and personal achievements, his greatest accomplishment was that of devoted father to his only child, Michelle Slaughter, whom he also called “Rascal” and “Turkey.” During Michelle’s teenage years, Bob served as her only parent. As a single dad, he strived to make sure Michelle knew that she had his unconditional love and support. He sacrificed to give her the best education and every opportunity to succeed in life. Because of his selfless way of parenting, Michelle thrived personally and academically. She now serves as a statewide-elected judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Michelle’s accomplishments demonstrate that, in the long run, money doesn’t matter in raising a child—love, time and attention do.
In addition to Michelle, Bob leaves behind his son-in-law, Ed Walsh, his beloved granddaughters Hazel Pilar Walsh (age 12) and Laila Arlene Walsh (age 10), his sister Irene Garcia, nephew Richard Garcia and his wife Jeanne Garcia; nephew Fred Garcia and his children and grandchildren; and many beloved cousins.
In honor of Bob’s life, do an unexpected and unsolicited acted of kindness for a child or single parent. Life is hard, remember to pay it forward so that we know we’re not alone. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bob’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 13th at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX 77591. A Catholic mass will be held on Saturday, August 15th at 11 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 2219 Galveston Street, Laredo, TX 78043, followed by a burial at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 3600 McPherson Road, Laredo, TX 78040, where Bob will be laid to rest next to his father.