George Francis Malloy of Mashpee and Naples, Florida, died June 27 after a subdural hemorrhage early that morning. He was 81.
He was the husband of Ruth (Carter) Malloy, to whom he was married for 59 years.
From 1987 until his retirement in 2007, Mr. Malloy served as president of the Stratford Foundation in Needham, a nonprofit institution dedicated to teaching students with learning disabilities, that he had founded with his brother, John Malloy, in 1987. His sister, Nancy Quinlan, succeeded him as president, while he continued to serve as chairman of the board of trustees.
He was born in Pittsburgh and raised in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston where, in 1937, his father, Matthew J. Malloy, founded Stratford, a secretarial school for girls.
With the start of World War II and the departure of young men to the armed services and young women to fill their job vacancies, Stratford, like all educational institutions, was squeezed financially. Mr. Malloy moved his family from West Roxbury to the top rear of Stratford at 128 Commonwealth Avenue and enrolled them in the Boston Public Schools.
The Back Bay became the children’s playground: The Esplanade before construction of Storrow Drive, the Public Garden, the Boston Common. In winter they pulled their sleds in the alleyway behind the school or skated on the frozen Boston Common Frog Pond; in summer they took the subway to Revere or Carson Beach. When they needed change for a Charlie Chaplin movie at the Exeter Street Theatre or a “Frankenstein” movie at the Strand on Huntington Avenue, the boys stood outside the Chilton Club on the corner and sold used telephone books or kittens from the litter of the family cat, Mauer.
In 1950 the family moved to Newton. During the summer of 1959, Mr. Malloy began working as assistant to his father, president of Chamberlayne Junior College, and three years later became full-time assistant to the president, primarily responsible for the business functions of the college.
“A key factor in the rapid development of Chamberlayne Junior College,” George Malloy wrote, “despite the nearly skeletal administrative staff—the only kind of staff the college could afford in the growth mode—was the early and widespread use of data-processing equipment, including the computer, in the management of key areas of organization. The computer facilitated what otherwise would have been a logistical nightmare for the small administrative staff: the registering of students and scheduling of classes in buildings spread over many city blocks of the Back Bay.
“Almost indispensable now, computers were quite uncommon then,” he continued. “When I was a senior at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1962, the college had only a relatively ineffective computer controlled by a cumbersome punched paper tape (not punch cards), very much smaller and less flexible than the relatively small one at Chamberlayne Junior College, and Dartmouth was using it only for minor office applications. There was no mention of computers in the business courses, nor was the use of computers or computer applications included in any of the course work at the Tuck School.”
Assured of the success of Chamberlayne, Mr. Malloy left in September 1969 to work first as laboratory administrator, then as an assistant vice president of clinical services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Upon the death of his father in 1987, the faculty, curricula, and student body of Chamberlayne Junior College were merged with Mount Ida College in Newton. The assets of Chamberlayne Junior College became the endowment for the Stratford Foundation, a new foundation with an educational mission, including the awarding of grants for educational purposes.
Mr. Malloy divided his time between Mashpee and Naples, Florida, and kept a boat moored in both communities. He could navigate by compass and chart or by GPS. In addition to boating he had a passion for history—especially the Civil War period.
In recent years, Mr. Malloy enjoyed playing pickleball. He played in the Massachusetts Senior Games and was a gold and silver medalist in the game.
Four years ago Ruth (Carter) Malloy, his wife of 59 years, began manifesting more debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which had been diagnosed years earlier. He drove many miles twice a week—when in Naples to Fort Myers, when in Mashpee to Carver—to get his wife to boxing lessons so she could build stamina to fight the disease.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his four daughters and their husbands, Catherine and Dan Brossi of Onset, Deborah and Ed Buiser of Mansfield, Lynne and Bill Dunn of Sturbridge, and Karen and Chuck Coletti of Sudbury; 11 grandchildren; seven siblings; and a large extended family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, July 3, at Sacred Heart Parish in Newton Centre, followed by interment at Newton Cemetery.