Date of death: 5/2/2008
Saint Meinrad Class: SB 1995
Christian Brother Vincent Malham, a member of the board of trustees at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and president of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, was killed in a car accident in Memphis on May 2. He was 73.A native of Brinkley, Arkansas, he joined the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1955. He held several teaching and leadership positions during his career. In 1973 he joined the faculty at Christian Brothers University, where he had been a student, served as dean of the faculty of arts, now School of Arts, from 1981-87. He also served as provincial general of the order’s St. Louis province, served two terms as a trustee of the university, and was a member of the board of St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota.An accomplished pianist, who also excelled as a teacher, composer, conductor and performer, he began working at Bethlehem University in the Middle East in 1996, first as an English and music teacher. He was named chancellor the following year and president in 1998, a position he held until 2005.He gained a reputation for having a strong voice for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East. Last year he was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal for his service at Bethlehem University. A member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, he also received an honorary doctorate from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, and the Bishop Dozier Award for Peace and Justice from Christian Brothers University.The funeral Mass was held May 12 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Memphis.From the Catholic Voice — a Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland.