OBITUARY

Floyd Joseph Malveaux

January 11, 1940January 9, 2020

Floyd Joseph Malveaux passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2020. He was the devoted and loving husband of Myrna Ruiz Malveaux, whose passing preceded him on April 13, 2018. He is survived by his sister, Deltinez Benjamin. Floyd was a caring and inspirational father of Suzette, Suzanne, Courtney and Gregory Malveaux; a proud grandfather of Nailah, Bennett, Jacob, Richard, Gabriel, and Soleil; and a generous friend, compassionate physician, respected colleague, and dedicated mentor to many. Floyd had a modest upbringing in Opelousas, Louisiana, and was the son of Delton and Inez Malveaux. As a youth, he enjoyed spending many days with his grandparents on their farm, and swimming with cousins in the nearby bayou. At age thirteen, he left for boarding school to attend Immaculata Minor Seminary School in Lafayette, Louisiana; he departed from seminary school and returned to his hometown to attend Holy Ghost Catholic School during his senior year of high school. Floyd joined the faculty at Howard University in 1968 as an assistant professor of Microbiology after having completed Bachelor of Science (1961) and Master of Science (1964) degrees in Biological Sciences at Creighton University (Omaha, NE) and Loyola University (New Orleans, LA), respectively. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology (1968) at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI). Two years later, he attended the Howard University College of Medicine to pursue a Doctor of Medicine while maintaining his faculty status. Professionally, his impact was far-reaching and unparalleled. All of his life, Floyd had asthma, and was the child and grandchild of asthmatics. This influenced his career path as he sought to help others who were similarly challenged. He honed his clinical skills in internal medicine as a resident at the Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia prior to completing his subspecialty fellowship training (1976-78) in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Johns Hopkins University. His fellowship encompassed patient care, as well as basic and clinical research. His research findings led to the groundbreaking development of Omalizumab, an important drug that is effective in treating individuals with relatively severe asthma. As a MD/PhD, Floyd returned to the Howard University medical faculty in 1978, garnering a number of research grants from the National Institutes of Health to continue his research and patient care. He was appointed Dean of the College of Medicine (1995-2005) and Vice Provost for Health Affairs (2000-2003). In the spring of 2001, Floyd oversaw the establishment of the National Human Genome Center at Howard University. The Center concentrates on genetic variations and their relationships to the causes, preventions and treatments of disease among African Americans. He established a thriving, medical practice in which he tended to asthma and allergy patients with offices in Washington DC, Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland. In 2005, he retired from Howard University and embarked on a ten-year science initiative as the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN), a non-profit organization of the Merck Foundation. Under his direction, MCAN led efforts to implement innovative, evidence-based childhood asthma intervention programs in diverse, impoverished communities in the US (including Puerto Rico). Of note, one program was carried out in New Orleans in partnership with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the NIH and the deLaski Family Foundation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Floyd has always made it his mission to help underserved and at-risk communities get better access to medical care and increase awareness about public health. For example, early in his career, he coordinated the Schools without Walls Science Program for District of Columbia public schools, and later founded The Urban Asthma and Allergy Center in Baltimore. His impact is celebrated every year by the National Medical Association’s Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Section with a symposium in his name. Floyd was extremely appreciative of the “Floyd J. Malveaux, MD, PhD Endowed Chair in Public Health,” created by Howard University. The Chair will recruit a highly talented individual to lead the Master of Public Health program. The fund itself will be used to support the teaching, research, service, and other activities of the chair holder. This Chair was near and dear to his heart, noting “What I have learned through the years is there needs to be good research and evidence to manage health problems, but it is just as important to address the environment and conditions in the community.” Floyd was also a prolific scholar and speaker, and published his work in peer-reviewed scientific journals, presented findings at scientific meetings, and shared asthma and health-related information with lay audiences in newspapers and magazines. He served on numerous boards and received many awards and commendations for this work. He recently completed a personal memoir that recounts his life-long journey as an African American male who overcame segregation to achieve great educational, career, and professional distinction. In addition, his memoir showcases the loving adventures of a doting husband and attentive father. Floyd had a great love for family. In his later years, he immensely enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren, attending their school activities, taking long walks in the neighborhood, and playing their favorite game—charades. Floyd also loved to work out at the gym, meeting with a personal trainer three times a week. He often challenged and encouraged friends and family to join him. In Myrna’s final years, Floyd lovingly took on the role of her personal caregiver for more than five years, as she bravely battled Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). With his generosity, hard work, and great value for education, he also put his four children through college. The funeral service for Dr. Floyd Joseph Malveaux will be held Friday, January 31, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at The Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20016. Parking is available in the Cathedral’s underground parking (regular weekday rates apply). The repast program will be held immediately following the funeral service at the Howard University College of Medicine in the NUMA P.G. Adams Building, 520 W Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20059 (corner of W St, NW & 5th St, NW). Everyone is invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Floyd J. Malveaux, MD, PhD. Endowed Chair in the Public Health established at Howard University in Dr. Malveaux’s honor. Donations may be sent to: Kenneth R. Ashworth Howard University Development Office 1851 9th Street, NW Room 311 Washington, D.C. 20001

Gifts may also be made online at: https://giving.howard.edu/endowed-chair-funds/malveaux-endowed-chair-fund Updated funeral information, further details and guest book may be found at the Witzke Funeral Home website dignitymemorial.com. (Please select the Columbia, MD funeral home.)

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Charles and Jennifer Trotman

February 4, 2020

To Suzanne, Suzette, Greg ,Courtney and all the Malveaux family:

Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May the memories of your father Floyd and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.

“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” Maya Angelou.

Ivy Mathieu

February 4, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to the Malveaux and Benjamin families for the loss of a dear brother, father, and uncle.

Delta, I had the pleasure of meeting your brother for the first time at your wedding. And Floyd was so kind and patient with me when I asked for help in pronouncing a word from my assigned reading. In other words, he did not make me feel small for asking for help. I believe that example represents the type of person he was in life.

Please take of yourselves, Ivy Mathieu (Delta's College Friend)

Helen Norton

February 2, 2020

So glad to have had a chance to meet and talk with your dad. What a wonderful man and wonderful family. Thinking of you all.

maureen lichtveld

January 31, 2020

Hurricane Katrina shocked our nation and the world not only by the unprecedented flooding of 80% of the City of New Orleans but by making visible the historic burden of intransigent health disparities. The floods resulted in mold-infested homes resulting in forced evacuations and risking the health of thousands of vulnerable populations. Among those were children with moderate to severe asthma. This is when Dr. Floyd Malveaux, a native New Orlean, acted. Floyd assembled a public health action team not only to examine the impact of this almost overwhelming exposure to mold but above all how we could overcome this health disparity for one of the most vulnerable populations: children with asthma. A transdisciplinary research team designed and implemented a research to action study which boldly embedded an asthma counselor intervention. Indeed, the Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL) study was a community-based participatory research study aimed at providing direct assistance to asthmatic children. Floyd played a key leadership role in making science work for our already devastated community, especially our children. The HEAL team will carry on his legacy!

Lara Akinbami

January 31, 2020

I got to know Dr. Malveaux when, in his optimistic but persistent way, he moved his federal and professional colleagues to act with him to continue to address disparities in outcomes for children with asthma. There are so many fires he lit that continue to burn brightly. My thoughts are with his family and all of us who will miss him so much.

Lynette Alsandor-Francisco

January 31, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. Floyd n I grew up together n he will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in peace

Sheryl Lucas

January 30, 2020

A mentor who inspired and exhibited excellence, Floyd indelibly touched the lives of many patients, medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows, physicians and researchers. I was fortunate that he supervised my training in Allergy and Immunology. Floyd was a man of superior intellect and integrity, but most of all he was an excellent physician, husband, father and friend, an awesome man of character and wit. As Chair of the Allergy Department at Howard University Hospital and Director of Fellowship Training, he supervised the training of many of the African American and other Allergists who are practicing today. Floyd was a champion of the underserved and founded an Asthma and Allergy Clinic in the US Virgin Islands to which he and the fellows traveled monthly. As Dean of the College of Medicine at Howard and an excellent researcher, his touch was far reaching. He directed the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc., and the list of accomplishments goes on. Although I am deeply saddened by his death, we are all so blessed that he lived an exemplary life which touched us. My sincerest condolences to his wonderful family, many friends, and colleagues. Sheryl E. Lucas, MD

Jacinta Frank

January 30, 2020

My deepest condolences from me . Daughter of Nathan T-Bud Frank & Mrs. Irma Mae Comeaux Frank, former teacher at Holy Ghost Catholic School, Opelousas, Louisiana and Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Hartford T. Jennings, Sr.

January 30, 2020

The following tributes are from former members of Delta Pi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at Michigan State University:

From Lamar Richardson (former Polemarch) in Ghana:
Dear Floyd: you represented the spirit of Kappa Alpha Psi. I only have good memories of you. Rest In Peace.

From George Knox (former Polemarch):
Floyd was our house Advisor. He showed us all that Our Fraternity stands for, first hand.
In grief and gratitude

From G. James Gholson
Thanks Terry...there are a number of doctors in Memphis who know and love Floyd. I am very sorry to hear this news. Please keep me posted. I will pass info on to them.

Tilden LeMelle

January 30, 2020

Dear Cuz,

You and Myrna have united again. It is now in the beatific vision of God with all like you have lived in earth with love and service.

Love and Prayers,

Margaret and Tilden

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Funeral Service for Dr. Floyd Joseph Malveaux

The funeral service for Dr. Floyd Joseph Malveaux will be held Friday, January 31, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at The Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20016. Parking is available in the Cathedral’s underground parking (regular weekday rates apply).

The repast will be held immediately following the funeral service at the Howard University College of Medicine in the NUMA P.G. Adams Building, 520 W Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20059. Everyone is invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Floyd J. Malveaux, M.D., Ph.D. Endowed Chair in Public Health established at Howard University in Dr. Malveaux’s honor. Donations may be sent to:

Kenneth R. Ashworth
Howard University Development Office
1851 9th Street, NW
Room 311
Washington, D.C. 20001

Gifts may also be made online at: https://giving.howard.edu/endowed-chair-funds/malveaux-endowed-chair-fund

Hotels near the Washington National Cathedral:

Kimpton Glover Park
2505 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20007
(877) 219-2970
.5 miles from the Cathedral

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 328-2000
1.1 miles from the Cathedral

Days Inn by Wyndham
4400 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20008
(800) 225-3297

The Fairfax at Embassy Row
2100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(855) 559-8899
2 miles from the Cathedral

Updated funeral information and further details may be found at the Witzke Funeral Home website dignitymemorial.com. Please select the Columbia, MD funeral home. You may sign the guest book there.

For those unable to attend, a webcast is available for viewing the Funeral Service. Please contact the family for that information.