In Memoriam: A Tribute to OCCH Board Chair Dan Slane

June 19, 2020

 

The OCCH family and the affordable housing industry lost a friend and housing advocate with the recent passing of Dan Slane. Dan served on the Board of OCCH for many years – 10 years as Board Chair. His vision and leadership helped define OCCH and without his commitment and contribution over such a long period of time, OCCH would not be the organization it is today. 

Dan’s passion and devotion to affordable housing has left an impressive legacy that can be seen throughout many communities in OCCH’s footprint. Dan was dedicated to delivering OCCH’s mission of advancing the preservation, production, and management of affordable housing through collaborative partnership and innovative thought leadership. His relationships with the development and economic communities and his passion for helping those with special needs, those at risk for homelessness, those with extremely low incomes, and those in rural communities has led to the creation of homes for thousands of families and individuals.

OCCH was fortunate to benefit from his wisdom, business acumen and guidance. We will miss Dan and send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Please see Dan’s obituary below.

Daniel “Dan” M. Slane, of Columbus, Ohio and Houston, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on May 24, 2020. Dan was born in Yonkers, New York. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate Degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Law in International Law from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dan spent his life devoted to working in both the public and private sector. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army and worked in Washington D.C., as a case officer for the C.I.A. Dan returned to Columbus to start his legal career where he eventually became a partner at Grieser, Schafer, Blumenstiel & Slane Co., L.P.A. During this time, Dan also worked for President Ford as a staff assistant and advance man for the President. After practicing law for twenty-years, he switched careers and co-found The Slane Company, which was a multi-state commercial development company that also had varied interests in other businesses. For the last few years, Dan devoted his efforts to developing a nonpartisan plan to fix the country’s infrastructure. Dan was also the CEO for Texas Back in Business, a federally funded Hurricane Harvey Relief Program for Texas small businesses. Throughout Dan’s career, he served on various boards and commissions including the appointment by the Governor to be a member and eventually the Chairman of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees; the appointment by House Minority leader John Boehner and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to be a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission; and since 1991 Dan has served on the Board of Directors ultimately becoming the Chairman for the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (“OCCH”), a corporation that has developed close to a billion dollars of government subsidized housing projects. Dan is survived by his loving family, including his daughter, Julie (Frederick Pretorius); grandson, Rory Pretorius; his three brothers, Bob Slane, Charles Slane, and Larry (Lynn) Slane; along with a long list of other family members, and great friends. He was predeceased by his parents Helen and Donald Slane. Ohio State football games will not be the same without him cheering on his beloved Buckeyes. In lieu of flowers and to honor Dan’s memory, please consider making a donation in his name to one of the following organizations: Community Properties Impact Corporation, and affiliate of OCCH: https://columbusfoundation.org/the-giving-store/nonprofit-directory-listing/CPOImpact/6011. Gifts will be used to fund programs that help families move out of poverty and affordable housing and into greater economic prosperity; or The Ohio State Fund for Scholarships (Fund Number: 314845). This scholarship fund is used by OSU Student Financial Aid to support students in any area. Memories can be share and condolences may be sent to the family at www.schoedinger.com.