James T. A. Vanderslice, age 77, died unexpectedly at his home in Osterville, MA on September 26, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Louise Hardiman Vanderslice whom he married in 1965 and a devoted father to four children. He is survived by his wife, Louise, his son James T.A. Vanderslice Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Seattle, WA; his daughter Mary Elizabeth Duffy and her husband Sean of Dallas, TX; his son Maxwell T.A. Vanderslice and his wife Tana of Greenwich CT; his daughter Mary Kathryn Mittelholzer and her husband David, of Houston, TX and eleven grandchildren: Mae and Grace Vanderslice; Cole, Shea and Conor Duffy; Maxwell and Liam Vanderslice; Jack, James, Andrew and Kathryn Mittelholzer. Two brothers, Thomas A. Vanderslice and John T. A. Vanderslice and his wife Maureen, and numerous nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, and many friends also survive him. His brother Joseph Vanderslice, and sisters Mae and Kathleen predeceased him.
Dr. Vanderslice was born in Philadelphia, PA, on September 21, 1940, to the late Joseph and Mae (Daly) Vanderslice. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Waltham, MA and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College and his Ph.D. in physics from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He began his thirty-three year career at IBM Corporation in 1966 where he first developed laser technology, used by NASA in the U.S. Government Space Program. He held several positions at IBM, rising to Senior Vice President and Group Executive for IBM’s Technology Group. He left IBM in 1999, joining Dell Computer as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. He retired as Vice Chairman of Dell in 2002. He was also a board member of British Telecom and Unitrode Corporation.
He, Louise and their children lived in many places: Washington, D.C., Maryland, Colorado, Connecticut, California, Tokyo and Texas. Jim was an avid golfer and was a member of Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville, MA and Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Florida. He traveled widely with family and friends and enjoyed many happy years in retirement with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a devoted family man and a cherished friend to all who loved and respected him.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, in Marstons Mills, MA on Sunday, October 1, 2017 between the hours of 3-6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Osterville, MA, followed by burial at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Pine Street, in Centerville, MA.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Campaign for Catholic Schools, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184.