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Boulder, Colorado, United States
|Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ― Marie Curie|
The Drewster, Drewby...man of many nicknames, facts, friends, skis and de facto family memberships. He leaves a big hole in a community of friends, co-workers and adventure partners that loved him, laughed with him and made many memories with him. His big, brilliant laugh (and mind and spirit) touched most anyone he came across. This site is for all who want to pay tribute to the amazing, hilarious, talented, and sun-averse Aussie.
A memorial celebration in honor of Drew will be held in Boulder on Saturday, October 15 at 11am at the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab (1850 Table Mesa Drive). All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, contributions may be made to the Andrew Slater "Save our Snow" memorial fund. Proceeds will support the production and installation of a Drew Slater memorial ski bench and will be donated to the “Protect our Winters” organization.
"While we never met, Drew made an impact through his work on my life and those of my students who understood his importance. Farewell and comfort to all grieving your loss."
"My time as a PhD student at the University of Colorado would not have been the same without my good friend Andrew "Drew" Slater. It all started in a class that we shared together, one of his favourites - the "History and Theory of Geography". The pain he endured having to take that course, being forced to embrace both the physical and social dimensions of the discipline set the platform for our friendship - always heated, always fun. Without Drew and Martyn Clark, I would never have got back into my rock climbing like I did in Boulder - we spent a lot of time hanging off bolts together between 1999-2004 - it was a great period and I look back at it fondly. I will miss you Drew, you were a great guy, and someone I always enjoyed hanging out with. There are many memories of the times that we spent together that will bring a smile to my face, and be assured that I often think of you when I am sitting in geography department meetings discussing "graduate attributes" or "what it is to be a geographer" - I just wish I had the nerve to say what you did back in our first class together – like it did back then, it would cause an uproar."
"Andrew G Slater. Perhaps the G was for Google. He was one of these people who was so aware of how much there was to know that he didn't yet know, so he never felt he knew much.
Thank you to everyone in Boulder, he loved being there. His confidence grew so much over those years, on a recent trip back to Oz, after years of telling me how good everyone else was at skiing he admitted that he finally had become quite a good skier himself, and could actually keep up nowadays.
Thankyou to those that helped him get to Antarctica. It was the one place that had eluded him, that could've been but hadn't, that we'd been to and he'd heard so much about. It kind of made his travels complete. Thank you to the people who mentioned the big snorty laugh, it brought back many memories. Thank you to the person who mentioned the all nighters. It also brings back memories as we had many in our university years, but only someone like Drew would still be doing such things.
To the people who's kids he spent time on the slopes with. He loved being uncle Drew. He loved the opportunity to be a positive influence and to simply help out.
Drew did more in his 45 years than most people do in their whole life. And everything he did he always endeavored to do properly and thoroughly and meticulously. So recently when we needed a photo of our school logo somewhere around the world, we didn't get just a happy snap, we got a perfectly placed logo pinned on the McMurdo Antarctica sign, with the mountains across the background, and you made my 9 year old incredibly happy, just because you could, because you would always take the time to do things the best way they could be done.
Farewell Drew. It still seems surreal from over here, so far away. You were quirky, you were fun, you were a rare breed, you are irreplaceable, you were a best friend, and you will be missed."
"Having Drew as an officemate in graduate school was a great experience. I would always look forward to hearing about his latest travel and hiking adventures- a personal favorite was of the acrobatic ski jumping course that he took one summer. One day he began hanging these life-sized posters around his desk of himself climbing in the Colorado backcountry. Drew was passionate about hiking and climbing and about his science, and he wanted you personally to love it as much as he did. He was able to relate and encourage you if you were down about a project or about your work. In the last few years he seemed to excel at coming up with approaches to difficult modeling problems like sea ice prediction. I will miss him as a colleague and as a friend."
"Farewell Drew! I hope you find the perfect set of clothing wherever you are!"
"Full Scientist Interviews: Andrew Slater (YouTube)
"Drew was one of the most cheerful, motivated and happy people I ever met. It was a great pleasure to meet him, even though it was just for a short time. Thanks for cheering up so many lives and inspiring so many people (whether in science or elsewhere)."
"Infectious laugh during good and bad Arctic weather.....lousy snow pit notes, but lots of enthusiasm for snow and science and skiing terrible Arctic snow (some saying about gnarly). Drew started coming up on our expeditions in I think 2001, and continued since through 2015. He was one of the joys of Alaska field work, willing to magnaprobe all day, and still have plenty of banter at breaks and in the evening. I can't imagine he is really gone......"
"I had too few chances to interact with Drew, but each time was filled with laughter, joy and a big nugget of new knowledge. His big, beautiful spirit filled the room and my heart."
"Although it's been years since I've been lucky enough to spend time with Drew, I can still hear his laugh like it was yesterday. Drew had such a charismatic, joyful, and magnetic spirit. The first time I met him, I learned a lot about cricket and a little about wine. Always quick to smile and the first to let out a roaring laugh, Drew was the life of any party. Thank you for the laughs, Drew!"
"If I ever get close to schralpin' the gnar, it is because of Drew. Even though the last time I skied with him was last century, he has made an indelible mark on my skiing. A few years ago, he saw a video of me tele skiing in Australia, and gave me advice that I remind myself every time I feel myself getting sloppy. Then he scoffed at my skis and convinced me that I should get a new pair. He spent three weeks, and countless emails, answering in great detail every question I asked of him on the topic, always optimistic that I would become a better skier because of it. Fortunately this is one of the topics he knows well and he was right. I think of him every time I ski."
"When I left NSIDC three years ago, Drew took over my office. When I would come back and visit, I would joke with him a bit - "what are you doing in my office?!" But the truth is, there wasn't any more worthy successor to take over that office in the "science wing" of NSIDC. Really, it is me who is honored to have preceded such a brilliant, nice, fun guy in that space. I'll miss not to seeing him in that office on my next visit."
"I had been meaning to show this video (An American Explains Cricket by Stuart Davis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhSG-sp6sf4) to Drew for months and am sad that I never remembered. I probably never remembered because when Drew was around, there was just never a time when the banter died down enough to remember. Drew was famous for his obsessive love of cricket. For those who watch the video, be warned - you will learn absolutely nothing about cricket, but it should deliver a good chuckle and hopefully even a hearty Drewster-like laugh! :)"
"I first met Drew when he visited CU on an American university scouting trip. I knew right away he was not the usual graduate school applicant, as he described his high-latitude adventures en route to Boulder while I dropped him off at the International Hostel on the hill. I found myself wishing then already he would choose CU - and he did. Another strong memory I have of him is of a climbing trip we did in Rocky Mtn Ntnl Park, one of the few times I did something with just him. It was a remarkably beautiful and wonderful day and I felt lucky to just have the time with him outside of a group. He enriched my life beyond measure and I have trouble understanding why he is no longer with us."
"Drew was one of the most self-less guys I have met. When we went on a hut trip, he easily could have blasted up there (and back) in a fraction of the time but he chose to hang at the back with those of us with struggling kids. He shared his snacks and his knowledge and made the journey so much better. I was so impressed with him. Then he kept us adults safe as we back-country skied with him. He never once made me feel like I was slowing him down. He was eager to share his time and knowledge. Thank you, Drew. I will never visit a hut nor back-country ski without thinking of you. You will be missed!"
"Drew was a High School mate of my husband, Rob and I have known him for 25 years. It has been hard to think about what to say about such an amazing person who is gone to soon.
Although we didn't get to see each other as much as in the past, know that you'll be missed terribly.
I will forever be greatfull to you Drew, for making being smart and sporty a "cool" thing to be. My eldest son, 12 yrs old, described you as a "super smart and cool friend of my dad" to someone last weekend when we learned of your passing.
Thankyou for your friendship, fabulous laugh and sharing your knowledge and thirst to make to world a better place with us all.
"I have found this incredibly sad news very hard to accept. Drew was so full of life, energy and ideas. He made such a big impact on the people around him, he'll live on for a very long time. He stomped on the snow."
"Drew, you felt like my brother. While this means there were times I wanted to yell, “Mom! Make him stop it!”, it also means you were one of my best and dear friends. I knew you well enough (if that makes sense) to be annoyed at times by your jacket-quiver-quandaries, etc.. But all the countries, ski runs, meals, trails and stouts we explored together were more entertaining for your presence. Your wit and laughter enriched my life. Thanks for being part of my family."
"As a remote employee I only say Drew occasionally when I visited NSIDC. Drew had a rare combination of intellect and humour that always helped to guide us through discussions. A great loss for those who were close to him and to the research world. You will be sorely missed, Drew."
"I was Drew's neighbor. I always welcomed the chance to visit with him. We usually chatted as he worked on his bike...either headed out or coming back from a ride. He was so 'present' when we shared conversations and I always walked away feeling a little better than I did before we spoke. It is so sad seeing the light go out in the windows next door."
"I shall miss Drew's loud laugh and strong, unfiltered opinions. With his passing comes a regret and missed opportunity that I did not know him better."
"Drew will be missed around the halls at NSIDC. He was a great colleague and he had a friendly outgoing spirit. I will miss the NSIDC Ski Days Drew always put together for us at Loveland. Thanks Drew for getting us together once a year for a great time full of laughs!"
"Drew was an officemate and friend during my graduate school days from 1996-2000. Those were fun days in the office and lunch time visits to the Hill. My wife, Laurilyn, and I remember many animated "discussions" over small trivialities. When we returned to Boulder in 2006 for me to work at NCAR, Drew was often a visitor up the hill and heavily involved in the land model development. We also served together on a data advisory committee and I would see him regularly at workshops and conferences. I will miss his insights and perspective as a scientist and friend. Most of all, as many others have pointed out, I will miss his infectious laughter."
"I will miss Drew and his endless knowledge about everything. I could have asked Drew for his opinion on anything from buying women's powder skis to the best knife for slicing vegetables. He was always there with a laugh and a smile and always so thoughtful in conversation. I don't have as many pictures of Drew as I thought I did, but I realize it's because I have such vivid memories of our times spent together and I don't need photos to remember his smile or his laugh."
"Thanks Drew for showing me that some Aussies can ski really well (early 1997). Thanks Drew for the games of cricket in the CU quadrangle (~1999). Thanks for being a team-mate on the Third Inward Bound (2000). Thanks for leading me up the 1st Flatiron (late 2000).Thanks for researching and selecting the skis that Courtney and I now enjoy (2012). What a laugh!"
"My sincere regards to all those who are mourning the loss of a very humble athlete and scientist. Drew’s infectious laughter, uplifting attitude and adventures spirit will be remember for a long time to come."
"This past winter we joined a number of folks from CGD on a hut trip to Janet's Cabin. As we sat around enjoying the warm fire and wines/whiskeys/beers, I couldn't help but notice something was missing - a hearty laugh, a sarcastic comment about my split board, an adventurous tale of Antarctica. I finally asked Dave, "Wait, where's Drew?" It turned out a gaper had smacked into Drew's knee earlier in the month and he was still recovering. Drew's knee fortunately healed in time for the 10th Annual CGD Ski Day at A Basin. It was indeed "one of those days" that just felt so complete, in part because Drew was there. Here's to you, Drew! You will be missed immensely."
"хай земля тобі буде пухом. пам'ятаємо. сумуємо. (Ukrainian). We will remember you. Rest in peace."
"Happy travels Drew. I will always remember you as the fun loving, honest, self deprecating and adventurous human being. As good at communicating complex science as making little kids laugh. I especially have treasured memories of when we shared a condo together. For the best part of a year you were finishing up grad. school and we used to cross paths at around 7am everyday for a chat. You were coming home from all-nighters, I was having breakfast and you were having dinner. So sad to lose you so soon, but the memory of you will burn bright in everyone's heart for the rest of their lives. So long, and I hope you're scoring centuries and avoiding ducks wherever you are!"
"Drew: A "shotgun" friendship that started when you arrived at our doorstep (was it really ~20 years ago?!?) needing a place to stay (and cash!) ;-) We started some great work during that time and had many, many more laughs. We will never look at a Bob's Big Boy quite the same - especially the buffet - ever again. How you recovered to ski the next day will live in intestinal infamy!! This world is less interesting and intelligent without you - and I know that wherever you have landed it will be far the better for it having you around and doing what you do. Thanks mate - you are truly one of a kind!"
"Never saw someone so meticulous about his Vegemite. Or watching the cricket text feed when the internet was little more than Star Trek. (Often accompanied by Vegemite.) Farewell, old friend."
"Drew was one of the best listeners I ever met. He remembered EVERYTHING that one shared with him, and asked about it even if years had passed since conversation happened. Truly a lovely man."
"I'm going to miss that loud, hearty laugh at work. Rest in peace, Drew."
"I look at pictures and hear you in my head as clearly as if you were standing next to me, or sitting in my office as you so often did, discussing the meaning of life, the latest greatest ski gear, or which wines were worthy of a refined palate. I can't picture what the world looks like without your brilliance, quirk, and spirit, so I'll keep you alive and funny and infuriating and kind in my memory, and expect your hearty laugh to greet me at any moment. You're one of the good guys, Drew, and you are loved."
"I can't get over my sadness. Drew was one of the greatest guys I've ever met. He was present at the most significant moments of my life. He made everyone he met think. He was my soul brother. I miss you Drew!"
"Farewell snow man. Yes, you were infuriating when you were right, even more when you weren't. But it was always more entertaining when you were around, and nice to have a fellow Aussie around to trick those Yanks about the drop bears."
"Drewster: Pouring out a little vino even you would drink, eating some bacon, getting the knives sharpened to your standards, the gear organized, and snuggling up with the stuffed kangaroo you got for Dman as I alternate between laughing and crying remembering the comedy, the adventures, the suffer fests and what a huge part of our life you were. So lucky to know you. Thanks for adding your Aussie style to our lives."
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