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Richard James Malloy

1925 - 2009 Obituary Condolences Gallery

Richard James Malloy, a wonderful husband and father, died peacefully on February 22, 2009 surrounded by loving family and his devoted wife of 60 years, Marilyn.

Richard was born in 1925 in Long Beach. There, Richard developed a love for the ocean that stayed with him for the remainder of his days. Richard viewed his growing up during the Great Depression as something of a great adventure of which he had endless stories, including the day he and his uncle snuck into the 1932 Olympics. Richard graduated from Wilson High School in Long Beach. Not long afterwards, Richard joined the United States Navy and earned his "wings" as a Naval Aviator shortly after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. World War II having ended , Richard returned to civilian life and attended Loyola College where he obtained his degree in biology.

It was during this time Richard met his wife-to-be, Marilyn Ann Mauvezin. They were married during a High Mass on January 15, 1949 at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena. Richard's professional life spanned 40 years during which he worked for the Naval Hydrographic Office in Washington D.C., the Coast and Geodetic Survey in Washington D.C. and Miami, and later at the Naval Civil Enginering Laboratory at Port Hueneme, California. During his career Richard obtained his Master's Degree in Marine Geology from the University of Southern California, published numerous research papers in the field of oceanography, and invented a number of patented devices related to marine research, such as a water-jet sediment probe, a laser-controlled fathometer, a rotating stereo sonar mapping system, and an acoustic scanner for positioning objects on the ocean floor.

Richard and Marilyn brought eight children into the world: Jack, Bill, Richard, Susanne, Jimmy, Annemarie, Mary , and Patrick. Richard passed onto his children his love for the ocean. Some of the happiest times involved packing up the car and driving from Ojai to Carpenteria beach. There we would spend the day body surfing, building sand castles, and exploring the mysteries of the tide pools. We often had contests to see who could body surf the farthest to shore. It seemed Dad always won.

Richard is survived by his wife Marilyn, all of his childen, and all of his grandchildren:Kierre, Jack, James, Michelle, Heather, Katie, John, Rose, Liz, James, Joe, Meagan, Trevor, and Claire. Richard remained faithful to the Catholic Church, was a loving father, and a devoted husband. He had a charming dry wit we enjoyed even to his last hours.He will be missed daily and loved always.

Published in Ventura County Star from Mar. 12 to Mar. 15, 2009
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