Mal died in San Diego on July 9, 2002, of acute leukemia, after a 16-month illness. He had had a bone marrow transplant in 1994, and thought he had licked the disease.
Mal was born in Boston and came to Princeton from the Rivers School on an NROTC scholarship. At Princeton he majored in English and was a member of Cloister Inn. One of the qualities that set Mal apart was his ability to be at home anywhere. Whether in the cockpit of a Navy aircraft, writing a difficult paper for his master's thesis, or as a CPA for Ernst and Young, he enjoyed himself.
Mal never complained. He was a gentleman of the old school and totally committed to his family and friends. As a close friend said, "Mal was a good man to ride the river with." Everyone was amazed by his sense of humor, grace, and stoicism through his final months.
Mal leaves his wife of 46 years, Gail Swanson; two sons, Malcolm III and Stuart; and his sister, Eleanor Brown. He was buried with full military honors.
The Class of 1955