William Francis Maloney
May 1, 1946 – March 18, 2021
Maloney, William “Bill” Francis, died suddenly on March 18, 2021. He was born to Francis and Jeanne (Tolson) Maloney on May 1, 1946, in Washington D.C. and grew up in the New Castle-Wilmington, Delaware area. He married the love of his life, Susan Oren on March 27th, 1982. They have one son, Andrew. Bill graduated from the University of Delaware in 1969 after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and went on to complete his Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1973. He pledged Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and enjoyed several years as a chapter advisor during his tenure at the University of Kentucky.
In 1976 Bill received his Ph. D in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded him the Walter L. Huber prize for his research in Construction Workers and Their Work Environment in 1986. In 2000 he was honored with the Great Teacher Award in Construction Engineering and Management by the University of Kentucky. While at UK he held the Raymond-Shaver Chair of Engineering and Management.
Bill had a deep fondness for the University of Michigan and its football history. He was especially proud of his three-foot-high Bo Schembechler Bobblehead! Another of his joys was his time spent signing in the choir at Second Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Kentucky.
Bill is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan, son Andy (Michele), grandsons Lukas and Jaxson, step-grandchildren Jordan and Miranda Welch, sisters Carol Wilder and Patricia Madore, step-father Louis Francescato, Cynthia Oren Bischoff, Robert (MaryJo) Oren, Matt (Pam) Oren, Anne Oren (David) Harley, and John (Jodi) Oren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. The family will gather for a private memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight, an organization dear to Bill’s heart after his five companion flights to Washington, D.C.
By Mail: Honor Flight, Box L-4016, Columbus OH 43262-4016 Please add “In memory of William F. Maloney” on your donation.
- Honor Flight
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William Francis Maloney
April 3, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to Bill's family and friends.
He was a steadfast friend whom I had the privilege of knowing for 51 years, he reminded me of late, having met at University of Delaware. He was dedicated to his field of expertise, his friendships, and his loving wife, Sue. I'd ask Dr Bill all kinds of questions and invariably, he'd know the answers. We'd commiserate over the evisceration of truth and facts, morality and mores, fairness and appropriate behavior for days on end during difficult times of the last 4-5 years.
He was an exceptional friend and I do and will continue to miss him greatly.
Rest in peace, Dr Bill.
March 28, 2021
Heartfelt condolences to the family. Bill was a talented person, a good man, and a loyal friend. We shared classic memories from New Castle, William Penn, and UD. I was lucky to know him. He will not be forgotten and may he rest in peace.
Dick and Barb Hayford
March 26, 2021
Whale was a fun loving and compassionate Brother. He protected all of the PLEDGES in the class of 1967 especially Niccolucci and Hinton. As a Professor at the University of Maryland he introduced me to one his students, John Berotti. When John called me at WHITING-TURNER CONTRACTING CO. he stated that Professor Maloney suggested the call. I said "who in the HELL is Professor Maloney". John replied that I would know him as Whale. What a blessing. John is know a 25 year vet and a REGIONAL VP. GOD BLESS YOU WHALE, RIP. My sincere condolences to the FAMILY.
March 24, 2021
I grew up with Bill in the town of New Castle, DE. Bill was two years older than me, but we were always friends as kids, football teammates at Wm Penn High School, and fraternity brothers in Sigma Phi Epsilon at the Univ. of Delaware.
Bill was an "all weather friend" that one could always count on throughout those early years and for life. Bill was also smart, witty, kind, sarcastic, generous, and self deprecating. What a great combination.
Bill was obviously a true success in his many life endeavors. A life well lived.
Good job Maloney !!
Fred Kern -- Childhood Friend and Fraternity Brother
March 24, 2021
Bill and I met at the University of Delaware. We were fraternity brothers and we remained friends for the rest of our lives. Bill was a kind, caring, and decent man. He had a heart of gold. I will miss my friend and brother. May God bless the Maloney family at this very sad and difficult time.
March 23, 2021
My brother Bill, just one year older than I am, and we were complete opposites for most of our lives. I thought he was a brainiac and a curmudgeon who didn't like me. I was the hippie sister that moved to California and married a musician. I didn't realize that we just had different ways of expressing ourselves. We just didn't understand each other. I thank God that we were able to reconnect in our adult years and find that brother/ sister love.
I remember the year he flew me and my son out to Michigan for a big football weekend. I was so impressed with that huge football stadium and we sat near the band and sang and cheered with everyone. It was a great experience to share. I also remember the trip to Kentucky and how Sue took me on a tour of the horse ranches and race tracks. It was so beautiful there. Thank you for that, Sue.
More recently, Bill took a zoom class with me, that was given by one of my alumni professors, at the college where I worked for 30 years. After the class was over, he asked me if he talked too much and monopolized the conversation. That made me laugh because I was thinking how proud I was that he knew so much.
I will miss talking to him about all those various topics he knew so much about. I hope our mom was there to meet him on the other side and they are catching up now. They were so much alike.
I am grateful that he had Sue in his life. She gave him a lot of patience, love, and tolerance. Bless her for that. I know that Bill is at peace and pain free now. I will sure miss him.
March 23, 2021
As the little sister I remember my brother Bill in a more familiar way, naturally. Our age and other differences made it difficult to relate in our early years. But as time passed, it was Bill who made the effort to reconnect and establish an actual relationship. I will be forever grateful for that and the way we grew in affection and laughter together over the many years since. Who knew Mr. Sarcastic, Know-it-all, Grumpy-pants (my terms) was just a protective front for the generous spirit and caring heart I came to know and love? Well that would be our sweet Sue, and just about anyone and everyone who came to know Bill of course.
Rest in peace Brother, ‘you did good’.
ps- Mom Always Liked You Best!
- –Tommy Smothers
March 21, 2021
A wonderful tribute to a very special man. Susan has been a long time crafting friend and Bill was always very supportive of her crafting time and abilities. Often when we met for a class at their house he would laughingly charge us a parking fee...so we started bringing him cookies and goodies that he laughed at us for bringing. He was always willing to help and together they made an amazing pair. Heaven got a new addition to it's choir and I know he will be watching Sue from above and sending lots of love straight to her heart.
March 20, 2021
So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Thinking of you Sue and your family. Bill had such a big personality, and it was a pleasure to get to know he and Sue since they moved into the Cedars. His sudden passing took everyone by suprise and he will be missed by all. Take comfort in knowing you have your very own special guardian angel watching over you from above...Rest in peace Bill...