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Dr. Leslie F. Malpass

Posted By Hall-Wynne On March 17, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 8 Comments

Dr. Leslie F. Malpass, 88, died peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2011. He was born in Hartford, CT, on May 16, 1922. He was the son of John Frederick Malpass of Rotherham, England, and Lilly Elmslie Malpass of Aberdeen, Scotland.
He attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and received his BA, MA and Ph.D in Psychology from Syracuse University. He met his wife, Winona, when they were both in the army in WWII, and they were married in 1946. They met while the both worked in the Therapeutic Job Placement Center that Dr. Malpass set up, the first of its kind in the country.
While working on his Masters and doctorate at Syracuse, he developed new ways of working with recidivist delinquents and devised a study of adolescents’ perceptions of school and related those to their achievement in school.
Dr. Malpass taught psychology at Southern Illinois University from 1952 to 1959. While there, he directed a long term study of speech and hearing problems of school-age children to those of visual and auditory perception and mental ability. He became Department Head of Behavioral Sciences at the new University of South Florida, near Tampa, from 1960 to 1965. Besides his teaching activities, he was involved in the planning and organization of the Special Olympics. He was also a consultant to the development of the Peace Corps.
From Florida, he went to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, as Dean of Arts and Sciences. He became the Vice President for Academic Affairs there in 1968. He was involved in expanding overseas programs there and developing new degree programs.
Dr. Malpass was selected as the seventh President of Western Illinois University, and served from 1974 to 1987. During his administration, he raised academic standards, promoted faculty achievement, fostered service to the region and enhanced WIU development efforts. He also supervised construction of the architecturally noted University Library. On March 2, 2001, the WIU Board of Trustees renamed the library in his honor.
Dr. Malpass wrote ten books, four monographs and over forty articles published in refereed journals on issues such as humor, assessment, counseling, and university administration. He was an avid golfer, tennis player and swimmer as well as an inveterate traveler; he and Winona traveled often to over seventy foreign countries and every state in the union. His life’s work also included involvement in numerous nonprofit and national organizations. He had a lifelong connection to the Salvation Army, from his early years to the present.
Leslie and Winona retired to Durham, NC, in 1987. He taught at the Duke Senior Learning Center and was on several boards. His favorite location was their condo in Carolina Beach, NC.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Susan Poulton and her husband, John, Peter and his wife Deborah, Jennifer her husband, Tom Droege, is deceased, and Michael and his wife Susanne Kessemeier; five grandchildren, Winona and Sarah Poulton, Jordan and Carter Malpass, and Soren Malpass; nephew David and nieces Stephanie Smith Linda Mughrabi; and other relatives.
Services will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 1:00pm at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The Malpass family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham.
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Condolences for the family of “Dr. Leslie F. Malpass”

Condolence from Douglas & Eleanor Stolarski on March 18th, 2011 12:00 am

Our deepest sympathies to Winona and the Malpss family.
We always looked forward to seeing, The Professor, when we would meet at the condo in Carolina Beach. Les was a pleasure to listen to and his conversations will be missed. He was a walking book of knowledge.
May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Geof & Joanne Runyon on March 19th, 2011 12:00 am

Our condolences to Winona and the Malpass family.We always enjoyed Les when we met him at Sea Colony and will miss seeing him there at our pool cocktail hours.

Condolence from Tom Droege on March 20th, 2011 12:00 am

I am sorry to miss the funeral. I just saw the obituary in the paper. I am sorry for your loss. I enjoyed every interaction with Leslie and Winona. You were always very welcoming. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Winona, Jennifer, Susan, Peter and Michael.

Tom and Paula Droege

Condolence from Steve and Cathy Onion on March 20th, 2011 12:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather and the WIU community mourns the loss of our former President.

Condolence from Juliet Droege on March 21st, 2011 12:00 am

Winona, my thoughts have turned to the warmth you and Leslie showed me in Macomb so long ago. Your enduring partnership was so inspiring. My deepest sympathy to you, Susan, Jennifer, Michael and Peter.

Condolence from Neill A. Thompson III on March 21st, 2011 12:00 am

Fond memories of Dr. Malpass when he advised us as counselors at SIU camp for challenged kids and later as his student in a psychology class BA ’60 that included his and Mrs. Malpass gracious hospitality in their home where he demonstrated hypnosis for us. A truly special memory of a special man.

Condolence from Mark Bures on April 4th, 2011 12:00 am

I just learned of the passing of Dr. Malpass and I offer my deepest and heartfelt condolences.
Having attended Western Illinois University 73-77 and majoring in music I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Malpass on numerous occasions. He was a great supporter of the arts at WIU, attended our concerts and even conducted the marching band several times. I always found him to be a warm and caring person who was truly interested in you as a student. I was always amazed whenever I would run into him at functions that he would remember my name. He was quite a special man and I have thought of him fondly throughout the years.

Condolence from Mary Thomas Posey on June 13th, 2016 12:05 am

Susan and John, Although it has been 5 years since your dad passed, I offer my condolences and hope that you can contact me. Susan, we roomed together at Va Tech in our sophomore year. Please feel free to contact me at 443-532-1626 or healthysteps1@comcast.net I would love to touch base with you again.

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