Nick Sloan (’05), 46, former adjunct professor in UNT’s Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science and a member of the Texas Emergency Management Hall of Fame, died June 24 in Sunnyvale.
After high school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a machine gunner and then earned a Bachelor of Science at UNT with a major in emergency administration and planning and a minor in legal studies. He went on to earn an M.B.A. from Baylor and an M.P.A. from Texas A&M University.
Nick worked as homeland security coordinator at Dallas Fire-Rescue, served as a school board trustee at Sunnyvale ISD and was director of business continuity and emergency management at Baylor Scott and White Health. He was inducted into the Texas Emergency Management Hall of Fame in 2022.
At UNT, he taught emergency management and disaster science from 2018 to 2020, the year he was diagnosed with ALS.
He and his family — his wife, Shanda, who was his high school sweetheart, and their four children — formed the #AttackLifeSloan Foundation with a mission to advocate for and serve all patients with ALS (pALS), their families and caretaker teams. They also were building an inventory of medical equipment to improve patients’ quality of life.
Nick was active with ALS Texas, helping to lead a new veteran support group, raising funds and shining a light on the research showing that veterans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ALS as the general population.
“’Attack life’ is just kind of the spirit with which I feel I am called to move,” Nick said in a video produced by his church. “I think it’s interesting, when you get diagnosed with something that’s so terminal, you view everything in a different light. Let’s do something with it.”
A memorial service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 1, at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, 4124 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, 75219. The service also will be livestreamed.