The Obit For Mal Mallette

Malcolm F. Mallette Age 83

Published in The Washington Post on 12/1/2005.

A journalist and professional baseball player, died of heart failure November 25, 2005, at his home in Durham, NC, formerly of Reston, VA. After 15 years as a newspaper reporter and managing editor, Mr. Mallette spent 21 years at the American Press Institute (API), now located in Reston, where he worked in various capacities, including executive editor. He retired from API in 1987 and became director of projects for the World Press Freedom Committee. He was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism of Fame in 2002. Mr. Mallette graduated from Syracuse University. His first career was as a pitcher in professional baseball, where he played for teams including the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Mr. Mallette is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eleanor; sons, Gary of Hermosa Beach, CA, Bruce of Cary, NC and David of Durham, NC; and a brother, Roy and family of Cicero, NY.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Mallette will be held Saturday, December 3 at 3 p.m. in the chapel at Croasdaile Village retirement community in Durham, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Malcolm F. Mallette Fellowship at the American Press Institute, 11690 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191-1498. The fellowship provides tuition to send newspaper editors to API seminars. Email condolences may be sent to