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Stan Malless

97, died at home on January 19, 2012. He will be remembered as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, Indianapolis's "Mr. Tennis", as well as a caring and loving friend and extraordinary father. Born in Chicago, he was an Indianapolis resident since the age of five. He was awarded a Purdue scholarship at age 15, and graduated with an engineering degree, as well as lettering in tennis and basketball. He was a retired Colonel, US Army, and received the Silver Star in WWll for gallantry under fire while serving with the First Armored Division. He founded the Permanent Magnet Co. in Lawrence, IN. The company's magnets were in the Apollo vehicles that completed the first Lunar Mission. Stan was a consultant to the Atomic Energy Commission. He was a co-owner of several Indy 500 cars in the early 60's - notably for drivers Eddie Sachs and Jim Hurtubise. From his love of tennis as a tournament winning player, he made major contributions to the sport locally, nationally, and internationally. He has served as President of Central Indiana Tennis Assoc. He was USTA/Midwest section Past President and an inductee to their Hall of Fame. He brought professional tennis to the City and was responsible for the building of the downtown tennis stadium. That was a major step in the downtown revitalization. He is Past President of the USTA, as well as International Tennis Federation Honorary Life Counselor. He was a member of the Olympic Committee, and was instrumental in getting tennis reinstated as an Olympic Sport. He was also instrumental in the modernization of tennis by initiating computer rankings, the point penalty system, electronic line-calling, and satellite and seniors tournaments. He negotiated the first US Open television contract for the sport of tennis. He independently searched for, and acquired, the original patent for the game of tennis. Stan was an avid traveler who visited nearly every country, culminating in his travel to the South Pole at age 89. He was a member of many clubs and organizations including Mensa, Lions Club, Rotary Club and Shriners. We are saddened by the loss of such a great man. He was humble, compassionate, caring, and giving. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his children Merrillee O"Neill of Newport Beach, CA, Jackie MacKenzie of Monmouth Beach, NJ, and Stanley Malless of Avon, IN. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Sunday, at the Indiana War Memorial at 11 A.M. on Feb.12, 2012, followed by interment at Crown Hill cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be on Saturday February 11, 2012 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Crown Hill Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Stan Malless Scholarship Fund, through the Indianapolis Junior Tennis League.

Arrangements entrusted to Crown Hill Funeral Home .

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 24, 2012
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