Theodore M. (Ted) Slabey, 87, of Mansfield, Pa., passed peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, after a brief illness. Ted was born in 1924 in East Orange, N.J., and moved with his family to Duquesne, Pa. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. Ted served on active duty for over twenty years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1965. During World War II, Ted commanded an LST in the Pacific. He later "wintered over" during a year in Antarctica with the Seabees in Operation Deep Freeze, in support of the International Geophysical Year in 1957-1958. Ted was the Executive Officer on two destroyers. He was stationed at the Pentagon during the Bay of Pigs incident in 1961.