Julian Slone, 97, formerly of New Milford, died Aug. 12, 2012, at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. He was the husband of Ruth (Bloom) Slone, whom he met on a blind date and married six months later.

Mr. Slone was born Nov. 24, 1914, in New Haven, to the late Samuel and Ida (Brody) Slone.

He was educated in New Haven schools and in 1933 entered Pharmacy College. Although he had always wanted to be a dentist, pharmacy college was what he was able to afford during that time.

After graduating in 1937, he became a graduate instructor teaching first-year Yale School of Medicine students in a number of different subjects, including biochemistry, organic chemistry, bacteriology and pharmacology.

He was also chosen by the Connecticut Board of Pharmacy to proctor the state board exams.

Mr. Slone entered the Army in 1943 and, after a short period of time, was recruited into military intelligence and was sent overseas.

He was nominated for Officer Candidate School and after graduating, was sent to Carlisle Barracks, considered the West Point of the medical division, in Pennsylvania to teach medical inductees the rudiments of military life.

After leaving the Army in early 1946, he returned to civilian life.

Along with the second of his two brothers, Saul, they bought the Noble Pharmacy on the corner of Main and Bank streets in New Milford. Soon after fixing it up, they were joined by their younger brother, Ben.

They opened for business as the Slone Pharmacy, a fixture in the center of town for many decades.

In the 1950s, Mr. Slone was invited to become a director at the then-New Milford Savings Bank, ultimately rising to senior executive director before retiring after 30 years.

He retired from the pharmacy in 1986 and moved to Boca Raton with his wife Ruth soon thereafter.

Mr. Slone never lost his interest in the medical field.

In the late 1990s, he volunteered to teach English as a second language, and because of his medical background, he was paired with several foreign doctors who wished to take their U.S. medical board exams.

This brought him great joy, and he spent a lot of time preparing lesson plans to make sure the doctors learned proper English.

He also enjoyed reading many medical periodicals to stay current with the latest developments. He had a great love of the Civil War era.

Mr. and Mrs. Slone were married 59 years and were able to travel and enjoy their lives prior to and after his retirement.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Slone is survived by his daughter, Susan (Slone) Bashoura, and her husband, Elie, of New Milford; his son, Robert Slone, and his fiancée, Bonnie Shor, of Coconut Creek, Fla.; three granddaughters, Amanda, Samantha and Hannah, to whom he was known as "Poppy"; his brothers, Saul, of Southington, and Benjamin and his wife, Sandy, of Palm Beach, Fla.; many nieces and nephews and devoted friends.

Private services took place in Florida.

Memorials may be made to Hospice by the Sea, c/o Administration, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton FL 33486.