Fred “Duke” Slater – Class of 1914
Induction Class of 2013 – Football
After graduation from Iowa, Slater played professional football for ten years. By the time of his retirement in 1931, Slater had achieved All-Pro status a total of six times. During his NFL career Slater never missed a game because of injury, starting in a total of 96 of the 99 games he played between the AFL and NFL.
Slater also earned his law degree from Iowa. In 1948, he was elected as a Municipal Court Judge in Chicago. In 1960, Slater became the first black member of the Chicago Superior Court, then the highest court in the city. Slater later moved to the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1964, following that institution’s formation. Slater is also a member of the University of Iowa and College Football Hall of Fame.