Retired Mason Police Captain Malherek Passes Away

Posted: July 2, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

Paul Malherek
Paul Malherek

By Rashad Mulla

Capt. Paul Malherek, retired from the University Police Department, died Monday. He was 80 years old.

Hired in 1986 by then-police chief Arthur Sanders, Malherek spent 18 years at Mason as a police captain and assistant chief. He retired on July 23, 2004.

Michael Lynch, chief of police, says Malherek was a hands-on captain who often had great ideas. When Lynch first started, it was Malherek who provided him with a unique learning and networking opportunity.

“The very first week I was here (in 1999), he made arrangements for me to meet all of the other college police chiefs in Virginia,” Lynch says. “He mentored me. He showed me the ropes.”

Before his 18 years at Mason, Malherek spent 30 years as a federal agent, mostly with the Drug Enforcement Administration. From 1952 to 1956, Malherek served in the Air Force. That adds up to 52 years of service.

Even after his retirement, Malherek would run at the Field House every morning, Lynch says.

A viewing will be held Sunday, July 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington. The funeral Mass will be on Monday, July 6, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Cathedral in Arlington. There will be a funeral procession to Quantico National Cemetery. A Mason police honor guard will participate in the ceremony.

The burial, with military honors to commemorate his time in the Air Force, is scheduled for noon on Monday.

In tribute to Capt. Malherek, all uniformed members of the department will shroud their badge with a mourning band from 7 a.m.  on Sunday, July 5, to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 6.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores, six children and 20 grandchildren.

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