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James Royal Malm, MD


Dr. James Royal Malm passed away peacefully at the Warner Center for Caring on Sept 21st, 2019 at the age of 94.

Dr. Malm was born in Cleveland Ohio and raised in Evanston Illinois where he met his wife of 69 years Constance Brooks in 2nd grade. He enlisted in the Navy at 17yrs and entered the pre-med V12 program. He was a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University�s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He remained at New York�s Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center where as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery he transformed the program of both adult and pediatric cardiac surgery into one of the foremost treatment and training programs in the world. His legacy of the thousands of children�s lives he touched through his illustrious career lives on in the Babies Heart Fund at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

In 1991 Jim and his wife Connie retired to Martha�s Vineyard MA where they had honeymooned in 1950 and returned for many happy summers with their family. In retirement he pursued his hobbies of trap and skeet shooting, decoy carving, tennis, and saltwater fly fishing from his boat the Tetrad with the same energy and enthusiasm he brought to his professional career and family life.

In 2003 the Malms made Amelia Island their home where they continued to enjoy life by the Atlantic Ocean. Here he took up golf at the age of 80. He continued to enjoy playing twice week and finally made the goal of shooting his age.

His wit, wisdom and great love of life will be missed by many, but so deeply by his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife Constance (Connie) Brooks Malm, and his four daughters, Betsy M Holdsworth (Sam Holdsworth), Melissa Malm (Greg Smith), Karen Malm, and Sarah Malm, His brother William P. Malm, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

We will celebrate his life at a memorial service at The Amelia Plantation Chapel on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm followed by a reception at The Long Point Gold Club

In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to:

The Babies Heart Fund Columbia University Irving Medical Center

c/o Sarah Hansen, 516 W 168th St. NY, NY 10032


MITCHELL KOLATA September 24, 2019
I remember Dr. Malm hunting over his German Shorthaired Pointer with Dr. Manning among others. His joy for life and the exuberance for anything he set his mind to truly left an indelible impression on many of us.

We haven�t met, but as the current owners of Dr. and Mrs. Malm�s Pilot Hill Farm home, we�ve heard many fond stories about Dr. Malm�s exploits in fly-fishing and skunk-shooting, and Mrs. Malm�s horticultural talents. We send our condolences on your family�s loss and our thanks for creating such a lovely Martha�s Vineyard home. We promise to be good stewards of the Malm legacy.

MICHAEL GROSKIN October 7, 2019
Dr. Malm had always been a good friend to me over our 45 year relationship. We hunted deer together at Twin Falls Club, fished summers there with friends and hunted geese from Maryland to Texas. I once asked him a question about his pediatric heart surgery practice, �How can everyone of these children you operate on not be like one of your own.� He responded � The reward comes when they come back for an appointment and you don�t recognize them,� The passing of an era and a friend.

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