Malley, Arthur

Arthur Malley
Date Of Birth: 01/07/1931
Date of Death: 09/21/2013

Arthur (Art) Malley, 82, a long-time resident of Portland, passed away September 20, 2013 at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, after a long battle with diabetes. He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon Roadman Malley (2008) and sister Pauline (2004).

Art was born January 7, 1931 in Chicago, IL, to Isadore Malley and Shirley Zoloth. He had one sister, Pauline Malley Koblick. Early in 1931, the family moved to San Francisco, CA, where Art attended school. In 1936 his mother took him to see the movie, “The Story of Louis Pasteur,” which changed the course of his life. His mother wanted him to be a doctor, but Art wanted to be a biochemist and immunologist.

Upon graduation, Art attended UC Berkley on a full foot-ball scholarship, majoring in Chemistry. He later transferred to San Francisco State College where he graduated with a degree in general science. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in France during the Korean War, taking and analyzing blood samples. Following his service years, Art enrolled at Oregon State University for his post graduate studies, where he obtained a PhD in immunology and biochemistry. While at OSU, Art met his wife Sharon, and they married in 1961. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Pasadena, CA, where Art pursued his post-doctorate studies at the California Institute of Technology. In 1964, Art was hired by OHSU, and the couple moved back to Oregon and started their family. They had two sons, Brian (b. 1966) and Derek (b. 1972).

Art joined the research team at OHSU and researched immunology and biochemistry at the Primate Center in Beaverton. His work led to many foreign travels, as Art collaborated with research scientists from around the world. The family spent a year in London in 1980, where Art worked at the National Institute for Medical Research. In 1983, he took a sabbatical to work at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Perhaps his most important contribution arose from the effective therapies he developed to help transplant patients avoid organ rejection. In addition to his work at OHSU, Art taught classes in immunology at Reed College for a number of years.

Upon retirement in 1995, Art became actively involved in NAMI, (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to increase awareness of the inequities that result in unequal coverage in access to behavioral health services in Oregon. He worked for many years at the state legislature to increase access and services for those with mental illness.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 25th at Springer and Son Funeral Home, 4150 SW 185th Ave, Aloha, Oregon 97007. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to be sent to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington County, 18680 SW Shaw St, Aloha, OR 97007.

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