Jerome A. Slavin, 79, veteran, industrial engineer

August 03, 2005

Jerome A. Slavin, a retired industrial engineer and decorated World War II veteran, died of lung cancer Thursday at a hospice in Boca Raton, Fla. The Ellicott City resident was 79.

Mr. Slavin was born and raised in Springfield, Mass.

After graduating from high school in 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served in Europe with an artillery unit of the 84th Infantry Division, better known as the Railsplitters.

He fought at the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate Salzwedel and Hannover-Ahlem concentration camps.

His decorations included the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman's Badge.

"He was not one of those guys who sat around a VFW hall drinking beer and telling war stories. You had to pry it out of him, and when he did talk, it was almost in a laconic manner," said son William H. Slavin of Hollywood, Fla. "He'd always say, `I just did my part and came home.'"

Mr. Slavin earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1949, and after working for Seagrams Distillery in Louisville, Ky., came to Baltimore in 1956.

He worked for 32 years as a manager on radar systems at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Linthicum until retiring in 1988.

Mr. Slavin enjoyed spending time at his second home in Delray Beach, Fla., and gardening at and maintaining his Ellicott City home.

He was a member of the 84th Infantry Division Association, Jewish War Veterans and Temple Emanuel Synagogue.

Services were held Sunday.

Surviving, in addition to his son, are his wife of 12 years, the former Margery Frank; another son, Michael A. Slavin of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; a brother, Morton Slavin of Erving, Mass.; and four grandchildren. His wife of 40 years, the former Elizabeth Dunn, died in 1992.

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