Obituary: Mildred McCormick Malzahn

June 5, 1936 – March 31, 2020

Mildred McCormick Malzahn, 83, was born to Francis P. and Mildred Aeschbach McCormick in Hoboken, New Jersey.

She attended Cornell University, except for her junior year, which was spent at the University of Paris. Mildred graduated from Cornell University in 1957 with distinction in all subjects, honors in French literature and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Mrs. Malzahn was a translator and teacher of French and taught French in Taipei; at the American High School in Bonn, Germany; and in Montgomery County, Maryland.

She married Richard Lee Malzahn on Jan. 31, 1959, at the Chapel at Bolling Air Force base in Washington, D.C. Mr. Malzahn retired in 1991 after a 35-year career in federal service. Mr. and Mrs. Malzahn maintained a residence in Potomac, Maryland, until 1991, but they also lived in The Hague, the Netherlands, for four years; in Taipei, Taiwan, for two years; and four years in Bonn, Germany, during the 1960s and 1970s.

Mrs. Malzahn had three children who survive, along with their families: Karen Lee of Jacksonport (a foreign-service officer with the Department of State, now retired); William Richard of Reston, Virginia (a career officer in the State Department in Washington, D.C.); and Edward Lawrence of Fort Collins, Colorado (a mechanical engineer and computer specialist).

Upon leaving Potomac, Maryland, in 1991, Mr. and Mrs. Malzahn built a home on the Lake Michigan shore north of Jacksonport. They spent most of the year there, but also owned a townhouse in Deerfield, Illinois, until 2011, where they spent winters enjoying the access to Chicago’s cultural life until 2010. Since 2010, they have lived full time in Jacksonport, Richard’s family generational (Bagnall and Birmingham) home area.

Private family services will be held at Huehns Funeral Home with neighbor and friend Olin Sletto presiding. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

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