SHU Community Mourns the Death of Professor Edward Malin

News Story: December 8, 2014

‌FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart community is mourning the death of Edward Malin, who was a professor in the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. In fact, Education Dean Jim Carl has referred to him as the “guiding light” of the College. At the time of his death, Malin was the longest-serving member of the SHU faculty. He was a true Pioneer who was instrumental in building this university and whose imprint is clearly seen in SHU’s history. 

Malin came to Sacred Heart in 1970 as a member of the Psychology Department. His career at SHU has included 20-plus years as chair of a range of academic departments. He also served in a variety of administration roles, including associate dean and acting vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. He was very active within the university community, serving multiple terms as president of the University senate; participating in two reconstitution-of-academic-governance projects; serving on multiple University strategic planning committees; contributing to NEASC accreditation projects and helping to achieve three major revisions of the University undergraduate CORE programs. His love of this University meant he rarely said no when called upon to serve.

Since re-joining the faculty of the Education College in 2002 (he first managed the department in the late 1980s) Malin instituted an electronic assessment system and led the unit to full state program approval and to full national accreditation by NCATE with two programs achieving national recognition. He also became increasingly active in regional and national education issues, serving four years as president of the AACTE CT (the Connecticut organization of deans and directors of higher education teacher preparation programs) and on numerous statewide commissions and task forces. 

Malin was most recently honored with Sacred Heart’s prestigious Bishop Walter W. Curtis 50th Anniversary Medal, which is presented to gifted and accomplished faculty members who embody the central elements of the University’s core values in their lives. He received the medal at the New Student Convocation two years ago where he also delivered the faculty welcome for the class of 2017. At that time he shared a much-told story of his intentions to come to Sacred Heart to start his career, grow his family and complete his dissertation. But nearly 45 years later, he was still at SHU where he found his home. 

Malin and Sacred Heart were a perfect match because—as the awarding of the Curtis Medal shows—he exemplified the mission and core values of this University. He was a familiar sight around campus, attending lectures, programs and concerts. He not only said yes when asked to chair committees, lead workshops or take on an administrative role, he also said yes when students needed guidance or colleagues needed encouragement or advice. 

Away from campus, Malin enjoyed sailing, scuba and digital photography. He acted in regional theater, preferring Shakespearean roles. He was dedicated to his family, which includes his wife, Judy, three adult sons, their wives and eight grandchildren. 

Calling hours will take place on Friday, December 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Road, Trumbull. Funeral services will take place here on campus on Saturday, December 13, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at 10:30 a.m.

To read Dr. Malin's obituary, click here. If you would like to make a donation to Sacred Heart University in his memory, you may do so here.