Richard Frank Malm

Captain Richard Frank Malm,

U.S. Coast Guard (retired)

Captain Malm passed away February 27, 2013 in Bellevue, Washington. He was born on Halloween 1929 to Helge S. and Christine Stuber Malm in Cleveland, Ohio. There he attended Hazeldell grammar school and in East Cleveland, Kirk Junior High School. With his family he moved to Los Angeles in 1944 where he graduated from Dorsey High School in 1947 before entering the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut in July of that year.

Upon graduating from USCGA in June 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree Ensign Malm was assigned to duty in the Cutter Klamath based in Seattle, Washington. Soon thereafter he met Catharine Sinclair Craven, aka Missy, and on March 28, 1953 they were married at Epiphany Church in Seattle. The Malms moved soon thereafter to Astoria, Oregon where Lieutenant Junior Grade Malm was the Executive Officer in the Buoy Tender Mallow. Daughter Cammy (Catharine) was born in Astoria. Then to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the auspices of the Coast Guard to earn a Master of Science degree in electronics engineering. While in Boston daughter Nancy was born. Next to Wildwood, New Jersey for duty as Executive Officer at the Coast Guard's Electronics Engineering Station. Eric Malm was born during this assignment at Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey. Back to Boston for a year and then New London, Connecticut for assignment as Commanding Officer of the Buoy Tender Hawthorn, at that time the oldest ship in the Coast Guard. The last of the Malm children, Christopher, was born in New London. Further assignments took the Malms to the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay, Baltimore, Maryland, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC, Portland, Oregon as Captain of the Port and Group Commander, and Alameda, California where Captain Malm commanded the then newest ship in the Coast Guard, the Cutter Midgett. The Malms made their last Coast Guard stop in Seattle where Captain Malm was Captain of the Port and Group commander, and then Chief of Staff of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana). He retired from active duty on July 31, 1981.

Departure from active Coast Guard duty led to an equally active life for the Malms. Captain Malm returned to school where he earned a Master of Science degree in Urban Transportation Planning at the University of Washington. He became a reader for sight-impaired students at the University of Washington for fourteen years. For five years at the Pacific Science Center he demonstrated the tidal actions in Puget Sound through a model at the Center. Since 1986 Captain Malm was a volunteer at the Public Broadcasting Service station in Seattle, KCTS. Family History research and travel also occupied much of the Malms' time since 1981.

Captain Malm's greatest treasures were his wife, Missy, their four exceptional children, and five wonderful grandchildren: Cammy(Mark) LaRiviere of Spanaway, Washington, their daughters Katie and Marie; Nancy Malm (Bob Dozier) of Redmond, Washington; Eric Malm of Index, Washington, his daughter Evelyn(Adam) Sunderland, Evelyn's mother Julie Blair of Ionia, Michigan; and Christopher(Karen) Malm of Salem, Oregon and his children Carly and Joseph.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 10, 2013