Ed Malan (1923-2011)

Ed Malan (1923-2011)

Longtime Pomona College Professor of Physical Education Edward Malan, one of the most important and influential members in department history, passed away September 6, 2011. He was 88.

"Coach Malan was a class act and a wonderful person," stated current Athletic Director Charles Katsiaficas. "We all looked up to him; he was a great role model and mentor to so many of us through the years. We are blessed for the many years he shared with us here at Pomona. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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 the 42nd Rainbow Division in Europe, he returned to Pomona, graduating in 1948 and joining the Physical Education 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 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), Ed also coached track and field until 1966, and golf later on in his career.

Ed founded the Physical Education Department’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1958 and oversaw the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies here on campus for 42 years. In 1989 he was awarded an Honorary induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Pomona College. That same year Ed also received conference-wide recognition for his achievements by earning the 1989 SCIAC Distinguished Service Award.

Starting in 1974, Ed became active with the NCAA. He served on the steering committee of Division III, and for six years he was on the Long-Range Planning Commission. In 1978 he also became a member of the NCAA Council. His many professional contributions including acting as the College’s NCAA representative for many years, while his many 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 Malan ’73.  Arrangements are pending.

Pomona College will post personal tributes to Professor Malan here.

Ed Malan (left) awards a Hall of Fame plaque to Frank Wells in 1988. 

Ed Malan (right) awards a Hall of Fame plaque to Crawford Thompson in 1990.

Punter Leeroy Sweeney (class of 1961) receives coaching from
Chuck Mills (left), Walt Ambord and Ed Malan (right).