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Malcolm Emil Lein, American architect.


Lein, Malcolm Emil was born on July 19, 1913 in Havre, Montana, United States. Son of Emil A. and Ruth (Fredeen) Lein.


Student, University Wisconsin, 1930. Bachelor of Architecture, University Minnesota, 1936. Student, United States Army C.I. School, 1943.

Student, Command & General Staff School, United States Army, 1943. Student, National War College, 1963.


Assistant head construction department F.W. Woolworth Company, District Office, Minneapolis, 1936-1941. Private practice architecture and design St. Paul, from 1946. Instructor Macalester College, 1947-1950.

Director Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, 1947-1977, president, 1973-1979. President, founder Design Consultant, Inc., St. Paul, since 1949, Mid-West Credit Corporation, St. Paul, since 1959, Desconi Corporation. Founder, director Gallery St. Paul, The Commodore, St. Paul, 1981-1985.

Founder, president Madeline Island Art Center, La Pointe, Wisconsin, since 1991.


Trustee, founder Benlei Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona, since 1988. Board directors Phoenix Chamber Music Society. Member advisory council Laynor Foundation Museum Colonel C.E., Army of the United States, 1935-1966, World War II China.

Commander 385th combat engineer group, research, 1960-1965. Member American Association Museum, American Federation Art, Archives American Art, Retired Officers Association, Air Force Association, Japan American Society Minnesota (vice president board directors), Smithsonian Associates, Phoenix Art Museum, Asian Art Council of Minneapolis Art Institute, Planned Parenthood of Center & Northern Arizona (chairman endowment and planned giving committee). Clubs: University (St. Paul).


Married Miriam Balliet Bend, April 13, 1939. Children: Eric Manning, Kristin Anker, R. Kurt Harrison.

Emil A. Lein

Ruth (Fredeen) Lein

Miriam Balliet Bend

Eric Manning Lein

Kristin Anker Lein

R. Kurt Harrison Lein