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The Oakwood University family is saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Roy E. Malcolm, who served Oakwood University with distinction for 44 years, as a faculty member, registrar, dean of administration, academic vice president, commencement coordinator, dean of college relations, Aeolians’ manager, and publisher.
Dr. Malcolm also served the Huntsville community as chairperson for Huntsville’s annual city-wide American Education Week celebration. His name is synonymous with the bi-annual Festival of Spirituals, because he resurrected the program in 1996, and it has become a highlight of Huntsville’s musical community calendar.
Victoria Joiner, Ed.D., assistant professor of Communication, said: “Dr. Malcolm was our professor, our administrator, our coach, our champion – our hero. Although small in stature, he was larger than Life with his sheer tenacity and spirit. He was an educator of educators. He loved beautiful music and he loved Oakwood University. Most of all, he loved his students; he believed in us! He wanted the best for us always and wanted our schools – all schools – to thrive and to grow.
Preston Foster, assistant professor of Political Science, posted that “Dr. Roy Malcolm was a servant of Oakwood University and a loving Christian man. He helped anyone who came his way, quietly and effectively. If you had good experiences at Oakwood, Dr. Malcolm likely had something to do with it. Rest in peace, Sir.”
The Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Oakwood University Church. In celebration of Dr. Malcolm’s life, the family requests that everyone please wear a “pop of color” with their black attire.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Edrene Malcolm and Family, in care of the Office of Integrated Marketing & Public Relations at Oakwood University, 7000 Adventist Blvd., NW, Huntsville, AL 35896.
We are asking our readers to please keep the Malcolm family in your prayers during this time of bereavement.