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Donald Malvern

Donald Malvern was American aircraft manufacturing company executive. Inducted into Oklahoma Aviation and Space Museum's Hall of Fame, 1987; recipient Distinguished Alumni award University Oklahoma, 1999, Unsung Hero award United Way of St. Louis, 2000.


  • Malvern, Donald was born on April 22, 1921 in Sterling, Oklahoma, United States. Son of George Michael and Anna Francesca (Elsass) Malvern.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Oklahoma, 1946.


    • Engineer Victory Architects and Engineers, Clinton, Oklahoma, 1943, Douglas Aircraft Company, Santa Monica, California, 1943. With McDonnell Aircraft Company, St. Louis, 1946-1988, executive vice president, 1973-1982, president, 1982-1986. Vice president McDonnell Douglas Corporation, 1973-1988.

      Aerospace consultant St. Louis, 1988—2006. President McDonnell Douglas Services, Inc., 1978-1982.


    Trustee Falcon Foundation, 1983-2006. Board visitors Defense Systems Management College, 1983-1986, University Oklahoma College Engineering, 1988-1991. President Wings of Hope, 1989-1992, chairman, 1992-2004, director emeritus, 2004-2006.

    1st lieutenant United States Army Air Force, 1943-1946. Captain Missouri Air National Guard, 1946-1951. Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Technology Management award 1968, Reed aeronautics medal 1980).

    Member American Defense Preparedness Association (president St. Louis chapter 1979-1980), Navy League United States (life), National aeronautics Association, Air Force Association, Armed Forces Management Association, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Tau Omega, Sigma Tau Beta. Clubs: Bellerive Country, St. Louis.


    • Married Ruth Marie Vogler, June 4, 1949. 1 son, Michael John.
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    Born April 22, 1921
    Died January 19, 2006
    (aged 84)
    • 1946
      University Oklahoma
    • 1943
      Engineer, Victory Architects and Engineers
      Clinton, North Carolina, United States
    • 1943
      Engineer, Victory Architects and Engineers
      Santa Monica, California, United States
    • 1946 - 1988
      with McDonnell Aircraft Company
    • 1973 - 1988
      vice president, McDonnell Douglas Corporation
    • 1978 - 1982
      president, McDonnell Douglas Services
    • 1988 - 2006
      aerospace consultant, St. Louis
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