Mildred McCormick Malzahn was born 5 June 1936 of 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 and honors in French Literature being elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mrs. Malzahn was a translator and teacher of French, having taught French in Taipei and at the American High School in Bonn, Germany as well as in Montgomery County, Maryland.
She married Richard Lee Malzahn on 31 January 1959 at the Chapel at Bolling Air Force base in Washington DC. 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 lived in The Hague, the Netherlands, for four years, in Taipei, Taiwan for two years, and four years in Bonn, Germany during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Mrs. Malzahn had three children who survive along with their families, Karen Lee of Jacksonport, Door County, Wisconsin (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, DC), 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 in Door County, Wisconsin. 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’s and Birmingham’s) home area.
Private family services will be held at Huehns Funeral Home with neighbor and friend, Olin Sletto, presiding. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
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