William Maloy Sr. (1927 - 2012)

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Dr. William "Bill" Lewis Maloy, Sr.

October 15, 1927 - September 9, 2012

Dr. William "Bill" Lewis Maloy passed away on September 9, 2012. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on October 15, 1927 to Helen and William L. Maloy and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Maloy began his military service during World War II as a Navy Hospital Corpsman assigned to the Marine Corps. After the war, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in education at the University of Nebraska. He began his teaching career in Omaha. During this time he was commissioned into the United States Navy Reserves. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict and served aboard the USS Wedderburn.

Dr. Maloy came to Pensacola in 1952 with thoughts of a Navy career. Instead, he initiated his long professional life as a Florida educator. He began as a teacher and Assistant Dean of Boys at Pensacola High School. He left Pensacola two years later for Tallahassee where he earned a doctorate in educational technology at Florida State University in 1958. He then returned to Pensacola after accepting the position of Assistant Principal at the newly-opened Escambia High School.

Following passage of the National Defense Education Act, Dr. Maloy was invited to join the Florida Department of Education as a consultant in guidance and testing. In 1959, he became the first consultant in Instructional Systems, spearheading Florida's early efforts in using technology to promote learning. At the start of the Cuban missile crisis he was again recalled to Active Duty. He served as Executive Officer aboard the USS Tweedie for the duration of the crisis and served his next tour as her Commanding Officer.

In 1964, he accepted a position at the Florida State University as professor and Director of Placement. Subsequently, he became Assistant Dean of the College of Education there.

From 1969 to 1973 Dr. Maloy served as Education Advisor to two governors: Claude Kirk and Reuben Askew. In the spring of 1973 he became the Senior Civilian Advisor to the Chief of Naval Education and Training. In this capacity, he was a charter member of the Federal Senior Executive Service Corps.

Governor Askew appointed Dr. Maloy to the Florida Board of Regents in 1978. Dr. Maloy served nine years as a member of the State University System's governing body. It was at this time that he retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve, having achieved the rank of Captain.

Dr. Maloy retired from federal service in 1992 and became Superintendent of Schools in Escambia County. He was instrumental in moving the district to the forefront in instructional technology applications, TechPrep and Youth Apprentice initiatives, National Teacher Certification, and Core Values applications. He retired from the superintendence in 1996 to serve as Senior Research Scholar at the University of West Florida. At the university he taught, wrote, consulted, and directed projects regarding human resource development issues, particularly those associated with castoff populations and the use of instructional technologies as teaching and learning multipliers. He retired in 2009.

At the state level, Dr. Maloy has served on the boards of directors of the FSU Collins Institute, Collins Foundation, and Workforce Florida, Inc. He was a member and Chairman of the State Council for the Blind. Dr. Maloy also was inducted into the Florida Education Hall of Fame in 2001. He also served on the Sacred Heart Foundation Board as Chairman and a member. He was a long-time member of the Pensacola Rotary Club where he was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award and attended church at Holy Trinity Episcopal.

Dr. Maloy was predeceased by his parents and his first wife, Sarah B. Maloy, who is the mother of his four sons.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Nancy N. Maloy; his sons, William (Rebecca) Maloy, Jr. of Pensacola, Brian (Tajha) Maloy of Bagdad, Robert (Robin) Maloy of Pensacola and Bruce (Rhonda) Maloy of Newnan, GA; stepchildren, Pamela McCracken (Kevin) of Fairbanks, AK and Kent Perry of Sarasota; fourteen grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Family meant everything to Dr. Maloy and he meant everything to his family. Although deprived of his own father in early childhood, he was an exemplary father to his own sons. Their fervent hope is that they can inspire their own children in the same way and create an enduring family legacy.

Dr. Maloy was a true visionary. The themes that intertwined throughout both his personal relationships and distinguished public career were service, equality, and the importance of education. Whether he was encouraging sailors to expand their own educational goals, preparing educational policy, or designing a project for bringing technology-based learning to inner-city schools, Dr. Maloy believed that he was contributing to the readiness of his nation to meet the future.

Visitation will be held 5-7pm Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel.

Funeral Service will be held 10:00am Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel, NAS Pensacola with Rev. Fr. Roberts Graves officiating. Burial will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Naval Aviation Museum for the National Flight Academy, 1 Fetterman Way, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508 or go to: www.nationalflightacademy.com and click on Get Involved and then click Support NFA.

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