Jerry Mallett
1939 - 2015
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Dr. Jerry John Mallett, 76, of Findlay, died on July 19, 2015. He was born on March 27, 1939, in Toledo, Ohio to George W. Mallett and Myrtle (Brown) Mallett. He married Karen Pettibone in 1963; they were divorced. Subsequently, he married Carol Moore Mallett in 1999.

Surviving are three sons from his first marriage, David W. Mallett (Sherri), Galena, OH, Christopher A. Mallett (Laurie), Cleveland Heights, OH, and Michael H. Mallett (Anne) Findlay, OH, and seven grandchildren, Alexandria Elizabeth Mallett, Findlay, OH, Van Aldrich Mallett, Findlay, OH, Hannah Lincoln Reavis, Cleveland Heights, OH, David Paul Grimes, Galena, OH, Kaitlyn Anne Grimes, Galena, OH, Zachery David Mallett, Galena, OH and Jessica Lee Mallett, Galena, OH; also surviving is a stepson, Donald W. Stahl (Melissa), Findlay, OH.

Dr. Mallett grew up in Toledo, OH, and graduated from Whitmer High School in 1957. While at Whitmer he was the county long jump track champion, participated in all the theatrical productions, and was the band drum major in high school. He received his B.S. in Education from Ohio University, Athens, OH, in 1961. During his undergraduate years at Ohio University he was an active member of the national fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and continued his marching band leadership by being the university drum major. After graduation he began his career in education by teaching junior high school science at Washington Junior High School in Toledo, OH.

After receiving his M.A. in Education Administration from The University of Toledo in 1964 he became principal at Northwood Elementary School and Shoreland Elementary School, both in Toledo, OH. In 1968 he became an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Findlay (then Findlay College) and had remained at the university in a variety of positions, always in education. He graduated from The University of Toledo, with his Doctorate in Education in 1972.

During his tenure at The University of Findlay, Dr. Mallett was recognized by both students and his peers as an outstanding faculty member and conducting hundreds of motivational talks for educators throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, he received many awards: Elected to Phi Delta Kappa in 1966; "The Distinguished Education Award of 1983" by Ohio Chamber of Commerce; "Ohio Independent Colleges and Universities Award for Outstanding Teacher of 1987"; Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London, England) in 1993; "The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award" by The University of Toledo in 2001; "The Arch Award" by The University of Findlay Alumni Association in 2006; "Ohioana Citation for Distinguished Service to Ohio in the Field of Children's Literature" in 2007; and was the first faculty in the history of the University of Findlay to be asked to give a commencement address.

While teaching at The University of Findlay Dr. Mallett was also a prolific scholar. He was an education consultant for the Perma-Bound Publishing Company; on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Primary Teacher's Ready-To-Use Activities Program, Prentice-Hall Publishing Company; Editor of The Reading Clinic, The Center for Applied Research in Education, Inc.; Contributing Editor of Ohio Reading Teacher; and published fifty-four books: 25 fictional books for children and young adults and 29 professional books for teachers and/or librarians.

Dr. Mallett's major professional accomplishment was in the creation of the Mazza Museum at The University of Findlay in 1982 during Findlay College's Centennial Year of Celebration. As Founding Director, Dr. Mallett led the phenomenal growth of this collection, which began with 4 pieces of art and is now over ten-thousand artworks in six galleries in the museum. He has always attributed the success of the Mazza Museum to the hundreds of loyal volunteers and supporters of this educational museum.

When asked what were his hobbies...he always enthusiastically replied, "My work. I love it!"

All services will be private and are entrusted with Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. A memorial service will be held at a later date at The University of Findlay. The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the Jerry J. Mallett Endowment Fund care of The University of Findlay Mazza Museum. Online condolences may be made:

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Published in The Blade on Jul. 21, 2015.
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September 10, 2015
Our prayers are Mallett family during this difficult time. Professor Mallett was hands down the best teacher I have ever had. He not only educated you on the course of study but life as well. Many times he gave me advice when I really needed it the most. What a great man and educator. He has touched the lives of thousands by just being himself. He will be missed by all of us.
Mike Bails
August 18, 2015
My heartfelt sympathy to Jerry's family and his vast number of friends and colleagues. Jerry introduced me, and the Columbus community, to the joy of children's book illustrations many years ago which was shared through two exhibitions at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery. A gift I will treasure for a lifetime.
Mary Gray
July 30, 2015
Jerry, when you took the field at Whitmer High School as Drum Major, your head back as far as possible and your legs straight out in front of you, strutting down the field! It seemed impossible a person could hold that position while marching for so far! We were all touched and screamed our approval that you were fabulous!

Peggy Paxton-Lehmann
Whitmer graduate
July 23, 2015
As a speaker for programs, Jerry's stories kept us all in stitches, tears of laughter rolling down our cheeks. His children's books did the same as well. Now this wonderful, fantastic man is sharing his adventures and reading to God's little angels. Enjoy your new life, Jerry!
Bobbe Lyon
July 21, 2015
Loved to twirl with you Jer...
Jerry was the drum major when I was a majorette with Whitmer marching band. He was one of the nicest, neatest people I have known. God has a new smiling face in heaven for sure.
Dee Yeager-Bovenzi
July 21, 2015
Angela Decker
July 21, 2015
I was fortunate to have Jerry as an instructor at UF and learned so much from that brief encounter. Luckily I reconnected and he still made me smile and feel as if I could do anything. Will miss him greatly!
Angela Decker
July 21, 2015
I have so many wonderful memories of Jerry. I was a majorette in the 56 and 57 Whitmer Marching Band He had us practically hanging on the goal posts with laughter before we marched on the field. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Marilyn Rhoads Ulrich
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