James B. “Mally” Mallison

James MallisonJames B. “Mally” Mallison, 84, of 162 South Paul Road, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014, at his residence.

He was born June 9, 1929, in St. Marys, son of the late Bernard “Barney” and Florence Geeck Mallison.  He was a lifelong resident of the area; a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1947; a graduate of Fordham University, Class of 1951; and received his master’s degree from Penn State.  He was a former teacher at Elk County Catholic High School and retired from the Keystone Carbon Company.

On August 24, 1957, in the St. Mary’s Church, he married Mary R. Reuscher, who survives.  He is also survived by two daughters, Barbara M. Zellers and her husband Toby of Damascus, MD and Catherine M. Little and her husband Larry of Falls Church, VA; two sons, Gregory R. Mallison and his wife Lori of Doylestown and Thomas M. Mallison and his wife Ann of State College; nine grandchildren; and by a brother, Dr. Robert Mallison of Los Gatos, CA.

Mr. Mallison was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, was an avid tennis player and basketball player, and was an avid duplicate bridge player.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a founding member of the St. Marys Book Club.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Thomas More Sikora, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, from 5:00 till 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Mary’s Church, 325 Church Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the Elk County Catholic School System, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Jim Arnold February 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Though I haven’t seen or talked to Mally in years, I remember him and smile. Jim was a great guy and and I enjoyed our numerous conversations. My sympathy and prayers to Mary and family. Rest in Peace Mally…Heaven is one big tennis court!

Whitey Hoehn February 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Hey Bob, so sorry to hear of your terrible recent losses. I didn’t know your brother but I’m sure it’s painful for you, esp. so soon after the loss of your lovely wife, Lois. My wife and I will keep you in our prayers!

God bless you,
Whitey & Marge

Ann Reese February 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Cathy Little and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May peace be with you. -Ann-

Steve & Marilyn Marconi February 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm

“Mally” was my teacher in my first year at ECCHS. I loved his class and he was one of reasons I took math education in college. Then when I worked my first full time job at a local plant, there he was again at Keystone. I am so thankful to have known him.
Mary remember all the good things he has done that will live on.
Our deepest sympathy.

Steve & Marilyn Marconi

Andrew Mallison February 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of Jim. He was such a good and thoughtful man who loved his family very much. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Lois D'Amore February 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Dear Mary and family,
Please accept my condolences on your loss of Jim.
He was a great guy and will be missed by many. I am sorry I will not be able to attend his mass, I am recuperating from foot surgery. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Lois D’Amore

Robert W. (Bill) Simons Jr. February 5, 2014 at 12:35 am

Condolence to James B. Mallison family


Today found me pausing often to reflect…reflect on the life of my teacher, mentor, friend.

Jim’s death caught me by surprise, yet not unexpected for his age. Sadness, yes, but a feeling of fulfillment. Second to my father, Jim was surely the most influential man-figure in my life.

It started in high school, Jim teaching Physics, me a Junior, someone struggling to bud academically. Conduct, deportment and discipline were not my strong suits, until then. I remember to this day, “Mr. Mallison” passing out the test results for the first major Physics Exam, announcing that I got the highest grade in the class. My life was changed forever, culminating in my eventual graduation from Penn State in Engineering. He influenced many students this way.

It continued with our weekend summer treks outside Emporium, PA for local tennis matches. Jim and I were unbeatable in doubles. Each year we both advanced, facing one another in the St. Marys Tennis Championship singles final, Jim always winning. I was never dismayed, for we both knew how hard each of us would grind to the end. These strengths carried us to a most unexpected win, as together we were victorious in a Doubles Championship in Kane, PA, beating the USA number 40 ranked doubles team. A large photo of us adorned the St. Mary’s newspaper, which I have framed, hanging on my wall. Our shirts are drenched with sweat!

I remember setting the Central High School Basketball scoring record with 39 points in one game. Most unexpected, of course, but it was like Mally defending opponents in basketball; he often shut down the top offensive star. We were overachievers. He taught me what it took to win, the fundamentals…coupled with the necessary practice and hard work.

My entire GE career was involved with the Naval Nuclear Submarine Program. As a Quality Assurance Manager, my “other boss” was an old codger named Admiral Rickover. Mally had prepared me well, with his “commitment to excellence” mantra, so I fit comfortably in both GE’s and Rickover’s camps.

Two summers ago, during my visit to St. Marys for a high school reunion, my wife Susan and I visited Jim and Mary for an afternoon at his home, spending a most enjoyable time. Jim was sharp, recalling many of my classmates, several who went on for technical type degrees. I sensed Jim’s inner peace and contentment. Once again, he set the stage for how I should live the final act.

Thanks Jim…thanks for everything…and goodbye, my mentor.

Bob (Bill) Simons Jr.


PS to Mallison Family. Feel free to share/use this written memorial, wherever you so desire. Best wishes to each of you.

Roger and Barb Fritz February 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

Mary and Family,
We are sorry for your loss. I first became acquainted with Mally (Mr. Mallison) as my physics teacher and later spent countless hours on the BB court with him. He was a truly tough competitor and always a winner.

Gary Grunthaner February 5, 2014 at 9:28 am

Mr. Mallison was my high school teacher and the best ever. I still talk about his ability to make the topic at hand interesting!!!

Bob Schutz February 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

My condolences to Jim’s family. He was a basketball icon in this community and it was a pleasure to know him, work with him and play ball with him and Tom. He will missed by all!

Jerry & Carol Brunner February 7, 2014 at 11:04 pm

We haven’t seen Jim since we moved to Arizona but every time we play bridge we think of him, and always will. He was one of the good guys. I remember the many conversations at work at Keystone Carbon with Jim. He always had a keen insight into whatever the topic was. Carol and I offer the most sincere condolences to Mary and the rest of Jim’s family.

Jerry & Carol Brunner

Pete Bennett February 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Mary and family,
Jim was a dear and trusted friend and I will miss him dearly having worked with him for years at Keystone.
God’s Blessing to you all.

Rocco and Beth Petrilli February 10, 2014 at 12:16 am

Boy’s Club basketball defensive player of the king of practical PM sintering.

Thanks Jim. It was a pleasure.

Gerald Bartell March 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm

In the mid- 1950s, “Mr. Mallison” taught math and science classes at Curwensville High School. I was far from his best student, yet his pace, discipline and rigor prepared me for college as much as any other teacher I encountered. His main objective, I think, was to teach us that the way to solve a problem was to actively THINK through it, meticulously and step by step. Math and science were not his only interests: he was highly versed in the arts and humanities. He loved Broadway musicals and his tales of seeing “My Fair Lady,” “Li’l Abner,” “Bells are Ringing” and many other shows set me daydreaming — until he yanked my attention back to the theorem at hand. My condolences to his family and to his wife Mary, whom I also remember fondly for all her encouragement.

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