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Dr. Joseph F. MALINA Ph.D. Jr.

1935 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Dr. Joseph F. MALINA Ph.D. Jr. Obituary
Dr. Joseph F. Ph.D., P.E.
Aug. 24, 1935 - June 14, 2016

Joseph (Joe) Malina passed away peacefully on the afternoon of June 14, surrounded by his wife, children, their spouses and grandchildren. He lived a very full and accomplished life of almost 81 years devoted to his family, The University of Texas and his Catholic faith as an active member of the St. Austin Catholic Church community for over 50 years.

Joe was the second of nine children born in Brooklyn, New York on August 24th, 1935 to Joseph F. Malina Sr. and Mary Wesolowski Malina, both first-generation Americans born to Polish and Czechoslovakian immigrants.

Joe began his life-long dedication to his work and education early on, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering (Sanitary Engineering) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He moved to Austin in 1961 and began his 53 year career at the University of Texas at the Cockrell School of Engineering. He officially retired in the fall of 2012, and continued to mentor and supervise students until the end of 2014.

Joe leaves a lasting legacy as an educational and industry leader, and a respected professional engineer in the field of wastewater treatment. During his more than half a century at UT Austin as an environmental and water resources engineering professor, he supervised 192 graduate students, including 26 PhD students and consulted with over 70 companies. Many of his graduate students have been instrumental in terms of design and operation of wastewater treatment plants throughout the world, and so have helped the environment and society. These accomplishments rightfully earned him high honors in his profession, including awards from the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, American Academy of Environmental Engineers, American Water Works Association, Water Environment Association of Texas, Water Environment Federation, American Society of Civil Engineers, and many others.

After moving to Austin, he met his wife Ida and they were married on January 9, 1965. They were blessed with 51 years of marriage and a life centered around children, family and faith.

Joe was preceded in death by his younger brother, Tom. He is survived by wife Ida, daughter Kristyn and her husband Mark Rankin, son Joe and his wife Marianne Malina, daughter Mary and her husband Jaiden Eaton, daughter Alexandra and her husband William Alfaro and daughter Frances and her husband Abraham Tucker. Joe also leaves his 10 adoring grandchildren, Madilyn and Amanda Biscoe, Isabella Rankin, Milo Malina, Kamdyn, Brinkly and Taitym Eaton, Mia Lucette Alfaro and Emma and Noah Tucker.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 17 from 5-7pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Austin Catholic Church on Saturday, June 18 at 10am followed by a reception. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Austin Catholic Church (St Austin Catholic Church)or School (St. Austin Catholic School)) or the Joseph F. Malina, Jr. Legacy Endowed Excellence Fund which supports undergraduate research and fellowships for graduate students (giving.utexas.edu/EN/Malina).

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 17 to June 18, 2016
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