Dr. W. Roy Slaunwhite Jr., who taught biochemistry and endocrinology at local institutions for more than 30 years, died Wednesday in his Scottsdale, Ariz., home after an illness of several months. He was 86.
Born in Waltham, Mass., he earned a doctorate in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He moved to this area in 1955, then embarked on his teaching career at what is now Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Slaunwhite taught medical students and technologists, as well as pre- and postdoctoral fellows. He retired in 1990 and became a full-time resident of Arizona in 1997.
His interests included gardening, and he was a master level chess player.
Survivors include his wife, the former Maria Foldes; a daughter, Monica Klein of West Falls; five sons, Dr. W. Roy III of Saranac Lake, David of California, Peter and Michael, both of New York State, and Lexi Karsay of Scottsdale; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.