Alumni eNewsletter: Celebration of Life service scheduled for Eric "Malz" Malzkuhn, '43, noteable alumnus and deaf pioneer in the arts (Archives)

The family of Eric Malzkuhn welcomes the public to attend a Celebration of Life memorial service on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in MSSD's Theatre Malz. , which is named in his honor. A reception will follow in the Peikoff Alumni House ("Ole Jim").

Eric "Malz" Frederick Malzkuhn Jr. died January 23 at the age of 85. Malz earned a baccalaureate degree from Gallaudet University in 1943, and received an honorary doctorate in 1993. He also earned a master of fine arts degree from Catholic University. Malz was a loyal member of the Gallaudet University Alumni Association and he served on the GUAA's Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund Committee from 1994-1995. According to legend, he was partly responsible for the bison becoming Gallaudet University's mascot. He was a member of Gallaudet's "Five Iron Men" basketball team that won the 1943 championship title and brought the college fame and glory. Malz was gifted in so many areas -- teacher, actor, playwright, director, translator, poet, writer, sportswriter, tale teller, and friend.

Malz was instrumental in placing theatre in sign language on the world stage, adapting many classics for sign language productions in conjuction with the National Theatre of the Deaf. He was heavily involved with the Gallaudet Dramatics Club as an undergraduate, and he ran the Model Secondary School for the Deaf's theatre program from 1973 to 1986. Malz was also a filmmaker during the 1940s. Please visit http://thedeaflens.com/?p=59 (hyperlink to Dr. Jane Norman's blog) for more information on Malzkuhn's contributions to the arts.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com or Mary C. Malzkuhn, 1009 Elysian Place #148, Chesapeake VA 23320.

Donations can be sent to:

Gallaudet University
Development Office
800 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002
*Make out checks to Gallaudet University. In the memo line that the gift is for the Eric Malzkuhn Fund. The family wished to establish a fund in Eric's memory and will determine a purpose of the fund, which will reflect Eric's passion and interest in Gallaudet.


Posted: 14 Mar 2008

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