Dr. Thomas F. Malone___________________________
Dr. Thomas F. Malone, son of the late John and Mary Malone, Haakon County homesteaders near Milesville, S.D., passed away at his home in West Hartford, Conn., on July 6, 2013. He was 96.
A 1936 graduate of Philip High School, Tom was elected to the Philip High School Hall of Fame in 1986 and to the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2003. He graduated with High Honors from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in 1940 and was awarded an honorary doctorate of engineering from SDSM&T in 1962. He was the first recipient of its prestigious Guy March Medal in 1976. He earned a doctorate from MIT in 1946 and held a tenured academic appointment there.
In the business world, he was a senior vice president and director of research for the Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford. Malone had been president of the SDSM&T Alumni organization, the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and of the 30,000-member Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research (honor) Society. He had also been a vice president of the International Council for Science. He was editor of the 1300-page Compendium of Meteorology that in 1951 outlined new research vistas in that field and led to creation of a National Academy of Sciences’ committee, on which he had a prominent role, to pursue these opportunities. He then led the efforts by United States universities to implement the academy’s recommendation, including the founding of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). In 2000, he was inducted into the Founder’s Circle of NCAR in Boulder, Colo., in recognition of his contributions.
In international science, he set forth a vision of a world society in which all of the basic human needs and an equitable share of life’s amenities would be met by every individual while maintaining a sustainable environment. For his initiatives in organizing international cooperation, Malone was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1968 and served as the academy’s foreign secretary from 1978 to 1982. He had also been awarded honorary doctorates by Bates College, Saint Joseph College in West Hartford and in 2007 by Connecticut’s Wesleyan University for “your tireless efforts as a steward of Mother Earth are manifestations of your personal commitment, as a man of science and a man of deep faith, to making life on the planet sustainable for all people for all time.”
He leaves his wife, Rosalie (Doran), formerly from Sturgis, of 70 years, six children, 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
(See the write-up in the Pioneer Review, Vol. 78, No. 42, June 28, 1984)