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Ralph M. Malcolm, Jr.

RALPH M. MALCOLM, JR. Ralph M. Malcolm, Jr. 62, of Alexandria, Virginia was called home on November 9, 2016, at his residence. He was born on October 13, 1954, in Panama to the late Ralph Sr. and Catherine Bostick Malcolm. Ralph migrated to the United States from Panama in 1957. His love of the aviation field was reflected in his education, where he attended The Aviation High School, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and obtained his Masters degree in Organizational Development from The American University in Washington, DC.Ralph honorably served his country for 20 years, and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard. He continued his career in the aviation industry, and worked for U.S. Air, held various positions at Lockheed Martin, and was a Aviation Safety Analyst with the FAA before his untimely passing. At a very young age, Ralph’s faith was always very important to him. He served as an acolyte at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in the Bronx, New York. He also was a talented musician, and played drums and French horn in the Bugle Corps as a young man. He also was an avid fan of jazz and other musical genres. As passionate and dedicated as he was with his career, he also was the same in his personal life. Ralph was a family man who enjoyed spending time with his family, neighbors, colleagues and friends. His love of aviation was transferred to his youngest son, Lucas. They would take special father-son bonding field trips to the local airports and train stations. He loved to celebrate special occasions, vacations and holidays with those he loved. Ralph also took time to mentor and encourage young aviation professionals, and was a faithful supporter of the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Alumni Association. He is survived by his beloved wife of seven years, Birtukan Betty Malcolm; sons Kevin Bolden and Lucas Malcolm; siblings Wilfred Mairs Doreen, Delia Mairs-Rogers Lynwood, Celia Acadia Reynaldo, Walter Malcolm Patricia, David Malcolm, Grethel McBean Rudolph, Diahann Malcolm Janet, Yvonne Spears Ronnie, in-laws, aunts Gloria Goddard, Joan Taylor Sid and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends. The family will receive guest from 7pm to 9pm, Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Cunningham Turch Funeral Home, 811 Cameron St. Alexandria, VA 22314. A Life Celebration service will be held 11am, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers or cards, the family is requesting donations to establish a memorial scholarship fund be sent to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in memory of Ralph Malcolm, Jr. Contributions may be mailed to: Office of Development Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University600 S. Clyde Morris Ave. Eagle Alumni Center, Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900. Checks should be made out to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and note “in Memory of Ralph Malcolm, Jr.” on the memo line. For additional information, contact AJ Smith, Assistant Director of Development at 928 777-4216.

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Cemetery

Monday, November 14, 2016

Arlington National Cemetery

, Arlington, VA

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Visitation

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Starts at 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Cunningham Turch Funeral Home

811 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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Service

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Funeral Home

Cunningham Turch Funeral Home

811 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

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