Joseph P. Malinowski
September 21, 1921 – August 6, 2015
The Montgomery County Bar recently lost another of its long time members, Joseph P. Malinowski. Joe was born September 26, 1921 in Buffalo, New York, the son of Polish immigrants. He grew up with his parents and five sisters, attending Catholic schools, and then received a football scholarship to Canisius College in New York. Those of you who remember Joe will recall that he was not the tallest of men, yet starred as a quarterback in College.
Like many of his generation, Joe felt the call to serve his Country during World War II, and so he left college after his junior year in 1944 to join the Army. Just before he left for war, he married his sweetheart Mary, to whom he would be married for nearly 70 years. Joe served as a medic on a hospital ship until after the war. He then returned to complete his senior year in College, and found employment with Kemper Insurance while he and Mary started their family of five children.
Joe was promoted at Kemper several times, coming to Washington as a regional manager. At the age of 42 he enrolled in law school at Catholic University, went to school at night and obtained his JD degree. Kemper promoted him again and he moved to New Jersey, and then retired and returned to the Washington area to open his own law practice. Joe was a sole practitioner for a number of years, specializing in insurance subrogation as well as doing criminal defense work. His son John, who was a Montgomery County police officer for many years, said that even the police officers liked Joe despite his being a defense lawyer.
He kept practicing, he used to say, so that he would have the chance to practice with his son Tom, and they got the chance to practice together for over ten years. One of the tragedies of Joe’s life was to lose not only Tom at much too young an age, but two of his other sons. Despite these losses, Joe always had a smile on his face and never had a bad word to say about anyone.
Joe continued to practice part time late beyond normal retirement years, along with playing golf at Montgomery Village and spending time with his family. He was a great gentleman and a wonderful fellow, and was a great credit to our Bar. He is survived by son John and daughter Mary, three daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Joe will be fondly remembered by his family and friends.
Tom Ryan, Esquire