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Charles Malone, MD


Charles “Charlie” Malone, 88, died April 24.

A professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown and the medical director at Bradley Hospital, he devoted his career to training mental health practitioners and delivering services to disadvantaged individuals and families.

Born in Paterson, NJ, he grew up in Manhattan and attended Oberlin College, where he majored in chemistry. After graduating from Cornell University Medical College he completed his residency in child psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center and the Worcester State Hospital and his psychoanalytic training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, where he was an analysand of Helene Deutsch (herself an analysand of Sigmund Freud).

While at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, where Dr. Malone was a professor of clinical child psychiatry, he cowrote The Drifters, a landmark study of severely deprived children from disorganized and impoverished families. He then spent a decade at Case Western Reserve University before moving to Brown, where he remained for 20 years. He was appointed professor emeritus in 1997, though he continued to supervise child and adolescent psychiatry and triple board residents and remained active in his ongoing research projects.

Dr. Malone returned to Ohio after his full retirement, where he helped develop the state’s Core Competencies for Early Childhood Mental Health Professionals for the Ohio Department of Mental Health. He remained active politically and became very interested in community-based health care for elders. He was instrumental in establishing on-site nursing care at an independent living community in Cleveland.

He loved his family, food, dancing, traveling, jazz, and the Giants. He is survived by three children, three stepchildren, four grandchildren, and five stepgrandchildren. “In lieu of flowers,” Dr. Malone’s family wrote in his obituary in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “please consider donating to a candidate or cause of your choice, or, better still, get out and pound the pavement. He did.”


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