Remembrances

From his time at the University of Wisconsin creating student health interviews, to his work at Beth Israel and Harvard Medical School innovating the way patients interact with their doctors, Warner has touched the lives of thousands of people. Below you can read the hundreds of comments that people have already left for Warner or view the archived news stories about Warner with the button above. And if you haven't already, we invite you to leave your memories of Warner.

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Anybody who has ever met Warner knows his heart. He is the most genuine, unpretentious and kind-hearted person I have ever met. Seeing him and listening to him has always been so inspiring and motivating to me. His deep sense of gratitude for the smallest of things and the warmest greetings no matter how many times you meet him during the day is admirable. I will never forget how he would always bring my cup of tea to my desk, which I would invariably forget in the kitchen and say, “Ruchira, I am sure this is yours. I wanted to personally give it to you before it got too cold.” Who does that, really? Warner, I am very fortunate to have worked with you and to have known you. I have always taken pride in introducing DCI to a new person with your name and credentials – saying that I work with Dr. Warner Slack who is one of the pioneers in the field of Clinical Informatics – thank you, Warner for making this field known to the masses. I respect you, Warner, from the bottom of my heart and am thinking of you each day and praying for your speedy recovery. Warmest regards, Ruchira

Dear Warner, It has been a great honor and privilege to have worked with you since the earliest days of my career. Little did I know that when, as a new employee, I appropriated an office by putting my name on the door, that I was paying homage to you and the division's rich history! Back then I learned from you that 'the quality of the system was inversely proportional to the size of the manual'. In that spirit I always endeavored to make my programs intuitive and easy to use. Your teachings are the reason those systems have been adopted and you have met but a tiny fraction of the large number of thankful users. However the greatest lesson was not related to informatics. At all times, from the day I met you some 28 years ago until the present, no matter what the circumstances, I have never seen anything but the utmost in optimism, sincerity, gratitude and selflessness. You are the consummate professional role model, and all of us who have spent time with you have been greatly enriched by it. With the deepest of appreciation, --Larry

Dear Warner, Nobody can bring a Slack down. I've sent a bunch of messages to your home over the last few weeks. Jan and I are waiting to see you again. You and I will take a ride in the big blue truck. How about a little Omar Khayyam? Come fill the cup and in the fire of Spring, the winter garment of repentance fling : Time flies and the bird is on the wing. We'll all be getting together soon.

With deepest gratitude for your pioneering research and advancements in medical informatics, sending you our best wishes for your recovery from your colleagues over at Tufts Medical Center.

Hello Warner -- So sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. I'm sure your colleagues are missing you greatly. Your leadership in patient empowerment has been such an inspiration to me over the years. I hope you are feeling better soon. Rita Zielstorff

Dear Warner, I am very sorry to hear about your illness. I have the best memories of my time as a fellow at the Division of Clinical Informatics, always receiving great advice and feedback from you. I will never forget your help with my PhD research and my immigration process. I hope you get better before I finish writing this message! Federico

Dear Warner: Sending positive thoughts to one of the kindest people I've interacted with during my time serving at AMIA. -Jeff

Warner Sorry to hear that you are ill and hospitalized. You were and remain a great inspiration to me. Best wishes on a speedy recovery. Ron

Warner, You have been an inspiration to many, me included. I have so much enjoyed our Thursday lunch discussions over the years and look forward to some more of them. So please get better! Bob Brown

Dear Warner; So sorry to hear you are in the hospital and 'on the other side of the fence.' Thanks to your cutting edge work over the years, you can hopefully reap the benefit of the electronic medical record system you created to aid in your recovery. I have admired you throughout my entire career at BIDMC and hope to see you in good health soon. My best wishes for a speedy recovery, Lew

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