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MALEK Frederic Vincent Malek Entrepreneur, Financier, Army Ranger, philanthropist, humanitarian, business leader and advisor to presidents, Frederic Vincent Malek died Sunday, March 24, 2019, in McLean, Virginia. He was 82. Malek, or "Fred," as he was known to many, lived a vigorous life full of purpose and his achievements spanned across multiple sectors of the American fabric. He was fueled and guided by principles learned at his alma mater (West Point). He exemplified the West Point motto "Duty Honor Country", treated people with kindness, and conducted himself with unmatched integrity often quoting West Point's Cadet prayer urging others to always "choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong." An innovator, activist and influencer in national politics for more than 50 years, he was a counselor and trusted advisor to nearly every Republican presidential nominee and president over that span of time. He served as a special assistant to five Presidents. Malek chaired the Republican Governors Association (RGA) and the RGA's Executive Roundtable, helping to transform the committee into one of the most successful and effective in U.S. politics. He also founded and served as the Chairman of the American Action Network and the American Action Forum. An acclaimed business leader, Malek's career spanned five decades. He served as president of Marriott Corporation, and spearheaded the acquisition of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. As a senior advisor to the Carlyle Group, Malek co-led a group of investors in the acquisition of Coldwell Banker Commercial Group, now CBRE. Malek was also one of three leaders in the purchase of Northwest Airlines, later assuming a board position and eventually serving as president. Malek also co-founded and served as Chairman of Thayer Lodging, a private equity firm. Malek was a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Harvard Business School. A Vietnam veteran, Malek served our nation valiantly as an Army Ranger attached to a Green Beret division and has been an ardent philanthropic supporter of his alma mater, West Point, ever since. He served as the chairman of the Board of Visitors of West Point; underwrote the Malek Tennis Center, the Malek Soccer Stadium at West Point; and led the largest capital campaign in the history of West Point, funding the Frederic Malek West Point Visitors Center. Malek was named the 2014 Distinguished Graduate, the highest honor West Point bestows. Marymount University renamed its School of Health Professionals in honor of Malek and his wife, Marlene, in recognition of their leadership and significant commitment to the school. Fred with his wife have also been stalwart supporters of The Aspen Institute; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Ford's Theatre; the Kennedy Center; the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Vital Voices Global Partnership, which advances leadership and entrepreneurial roles for women; and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Proudly of Czech descent, Malek was also the chairman of the American Friends of the Czech Republic. He received numerous awards during his lifetime and he was honored from the Anti-Defamation League with its ADL Achievement Award as well as becoming a Horatio Alger Member. For more than half a century Malek contributed to making America a shining beacon of democracy throughout the world. A man moved by conscience to act on behalf of his fellow man, Malek stood, time and time again, for the values our Founding Fathers envisioned when they created the nation he loved more than life itself. Malek exemplified the best in leadership. A fearless warrior in life and in politics, Malek never walked away from a fight that needed to be fought. Be it the battle for the promise of America or the future of the Republican Party, Malek put himself on the front lines and made sure his words and deeds mattered for future generations. Malek never wavered in his belief that our mission was to forge a path for a better America. A proud and loving husband, father and grandfather, Malek leaves his wife, Marlene A. Malek; two children, Frederic W. Malek (Britlan) and Michelle DuPont Olson (Chris), five grandchildren, his brother David K. Malek (Sharon) and sister Marci M. Anderson (Terry). Malek was the son of loving parents, Frederic William and Martha Smicklas Malek from Berwyn Illinois. Service details will be Tuesday, April 2, 11 a.m. at National United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave NW. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Boulder Crest Retreat (http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org/donate) or Friends of Cancer Research (www.focr.org/donate) in honor of Fred Malek. Interment will be at the United States Military Academy at West Point.


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Published in The Washington Post from Mar. 28 to Mar. 31, 2019.
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April 2, 2019
To the Malek family, It is with heavy heart that I pay my respect and condolences for the loss of Fred.
Mark Elawadi
April 1, 2019
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April 1, 2019
Dear Marlene, Frederick and Michelle, I am so very sad and sorry to hear of the loss of my wonderful cousin Fred. He was a truly remarkable person, and very kind to my family and me. I am so appreciative for all he did for us and will always be so grateful to him. May God Bless him and your family always. Love, Carolyn
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April 1, 2019
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March 30, 2019
You have my deepest sympathy. May God give you peace and strength to keep you going during your time of sorrow.
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March 30, 2019
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March 29, 2019
Am so sorry to hear that my wonderful cousin has left us. My memories of him always have and always will make me smile. A kind heart and soul, he was a special man. We send our love to you and the family. Will always be there for you. Prayers and love.
Tyke and Alfredo (Smicklas) Caravelli
March 29, 2019
My sincere condolences go to the family. Deuteronomy 32:7 tells us to Remember the days of old. May special memories of moments spent together bring you comfort as you cope with his loss and may you receive much love and support.
March 29, 2019
Dear Marlene, Frederick and Michelle,
We are deeply saddened to learn of Fred's passing. Our hearts ache. He was an incredible man gone to soon who will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. We pray for your strength to overcome this terrible tragedy. Our family sends their love and prayers of comfort to you and yours.

Always yours,
Mary Ellen, Joseph and Ava Sands
March 28, 2019
We have lost another great American. May Fred rest in peace.
Kathryn Malek
March 28, 2019
Marlene, You and your family have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May God give you the needed strength to endure, during this very trying time. We will carry you in our heart, thoughts and prayers. (1 Corinthians 10:13)


Uly & Lula
March 28, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. The promise at John 6:40 gives us hope to see our loved ones again. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences goes out to your family and friend.
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