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In Memoriam: Edward Malan

Edward Malan, emeriti professor of chemistry at Pomona College

Edward Malan in 1975 at Pomona College

Emeritus Professor Edward W. Malan, one of the most influential members in the history of the Pomona College Physical Education Department, died on September 6, 2011, at age 88.

Ed Malan came to Pomona as a student in the early 1940s and was already active in athletics when, in May 1943, he was among a contingent of men who left campus for the US Army. After serving with distinction in Europe, he returned to Pomona, graduating in 1948 and joining the faculty as an instructor two years later. He went on to earn a master’s at the Claremont Graduate School as well as an Ed.D. from UCLA, and in 1960 was promoted to Professor of Physical Education and named Director of Athletics, a role he filled through 1978. During this time the challenging yet rewarding process of equalizing men’s and women’s athletics was begun, and the number of intercollegiate competitive sports rose from seven to 17.

In addition to coaching several years of both varsity and frosh football (including an 8-0 season with the 1950 frosh football team in his first year), Professor Malan coached track and field until 1966 and golf later on in his career. He founded the department’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1958, oversaw its induction ceremonies for 42 years, and in 1989 was himself awarded an honorary induction. That same year he also received the SCIAC Distinguished Service Award. Professor Malan’s many contributions to his profession included serving on the NCAA Council and acting as the College’s NCAA representative, while his community contributions included serving as a city council member and mayor of Claremont. Professor Malan retired in 1989 but remained active with the College and, in 2001, received its Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

Professor Malan was preceded in death by his son Gregg ’70. Survivors include his wife, Peggy, as well as his daughter Melinna and son Brent ’73. Full obituary>>

Memorial Information

After a private burial, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 17, at 2 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church at 1085 Linden Street in Riverside, California, 92507. His family asks that, in honor of Prof. Malan and his commitment to service, in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Grace United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in his name, or donating time or money to a cause for which you feel a passion.

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