Deceased January 4, 2023

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In Memory

Mal grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Stuyvesant High School and majored in biology at Amherst. He participated in track, contributed to the then-new campus humor magazine Sabrina and joined Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Mal graduated in 1956 from NYU’s medical school, where he met and married Arlene (his wife of 68 years) before internship at Philadelphia General Hospital. Then came active service in the Army with two highlights: their first child was born in a U.S. Army hospital, at a cost of $7.50 for medical services, and Elvis Presley and Mal were both with the 2nd Armored Division, with Mal treating a grateful Elvis on sick call. They remained in touch for years with late-night calls.

Mal returned to Philadelphia General to complete his residency. He moved with his family moved to Baltimore in 1962 to establish his lifetime practice in hematology and internal medicine. Mal served as director of hematology at Sinai Hospital and was a member of the hematology division at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He described his career as “prosaic,” but it was certainly otherwise, combining practice with teaching and laboratory supervision. His last years before his death on Jan. 4, 2023, included working full time for an HMO and then as medical consultant for the Social Security Administration.

Mal and Arlene sailed and raced most weekends for 20 years. Mal taught digital photography with a focus on ballet. They enjoyed symphony and opera. Mal’s favorite course at Amherst was American studies, because this made him a serious history buff. In his words, he “had the best of family and friends.” 

Nick Evans ’52