Robert Lee Slevin, a retired Towson University physiology professor, died in his sleep Friday at his Annapolis home. He was 69.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, and raised in nearby Boardman, he earned varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball while in high school. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and a master's from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he was also an assistant football coach.
He earned his doctorate in physiology from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.
Dr. Slevin moved to Arnold in 1971, when he became a professor of physiology and exercise at Towson. He taught until 2005, and also was a consultant in health, nutrition and fitness at Marine and Navy bases throughout the country.
"Throughout his life, he thought of himself as a coach and motivated all those he met and taught," said his daughter, Kelly Lee Bass of Annapolis.
He was a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, Maryland State Commission on Physical Fitness and American Association of University Professors. He was chairman of the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and twice received awards from the President's Council on Physical Fitness.
Dr. Slevin contributed to several textbooks on fitness and physiology and was a consultant to several publishers on educational fitness.
A lifelong fitness enthusiast, he enjoyed desert hiking in the Southwest.
He was a Eucharistic minister at Roman Catholic Masses at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, where his funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include a son, Brian Robert Slevin of Houston, and a grandson. He was formerly married to Kathleen Baughman.