Thomas O. Malcolm, 79, Chesco lawyer

Thomas O. Malcolm, 79, a celebrated high school wrestler who became a Chester County trial lawyer, died Thursday, Feb. 16, of pneumonia at Barclay Friends, the continuing-care community in West Chester.

Mr. Malcolm founded, with Howard F. Riley Jr., the law firm Malcolm & Riley in 1972 and remained with the firm into the 1990s, his son Thomas said.

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Thomas O. Malcolm

He lived in East Goshen from 1969 to 2011.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Malcolm graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1950 and earned a bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College in 1954.

His son said that, in competitions for District One of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Mr. Malcolm was the wrestling champion in the 154-pound class in his sophomore and junior years and the 165-pound class in his senior year.

After completing his military obligation, working as a Navy courier on Capitol Hill in Washington, he graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1960.

Mr. Malcolm became a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1991.

Besides his son Thomas, Mr. Malcolm is survived by sons Harry, Stuart, and Timothy; daughters Jennifer Saller and Carol Curley; a sister; and 12 grandchildren. His wife, Helen, died in 2004.

A viewing was set from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Mauger-Givnish Funeral Home, 24 Monument Ave., Malvern. A second viewing was set from 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 125 Boot Rd., West Goshen, before a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with burial in the cemetery of St. Agnes Church, West Chester.

 


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