Philip L. Maloney, D.M.D., age 86, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at his home in Quincy, surrounded by his loving family.
Dr. Philip L. Maloney
Dr. Maloney’s life was inspired by his parents’ tradition of focusing on family, education, and contributing positively to society. There was no doubt that his family was the center of his world and all his actions were influenced by what was best for his wife and family.
Dr. Maloney was born in Quincy to the late Dr. James Maloney and F. Adele (Powers) Maloney. He was a lifelong Quincy resident, attended Boston College High School and then Boston College, Class of 1952. He graduated from Tufts Dental School in 1955 and began his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at Boston City Hospital. In July of 1956 he left Boston City Hospital to join the U.S. Army and served with the rank of Captain as Chief of Dental Service at the 121st Evacuation Hospital in Korea. The 121st Evacuation Hospital functioned as the de facto tertiary hospital for U.S. troops and other U.N. forces. He felt this experience changed his life and this is where he became an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He was a member of the 38th Parallel Medical Society of Korea.
Upon returning from Korea, he completed a year of didactic study at the University of Pennsylvania where he finished first in his class. Here he became reacquainted with his future bride, Frances, who was also studying at the University. He and Fran had previously met while he was on a summer externship in Rhode Island and she was a nursing student. They married in 1960 and soon began a family.
He maintained a private practice with his late brother, Dr. James Maloney, in Quincy. At the same time be began teaching on a part-time, volunteer basis. In addition to teaching he became involved with research. After eight years he left private practice for a full-time academic and public service career. The majority of his career was spent at Boston City Hospital, which later became Boston Medical Center. While at Boston City Hospital he was the Director of Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1967-2000. He was a full Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Tufts. The later years of his directorship were at Boston Medical Center where he held the appointment of full Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston University. In 1969 he established a General Practice Residency within the department in order to ensure that Boston and the surrounding communities would have well-trained dentists. This program greatly enhanced the dental and oral surgery care at Boston City Hospital. He was President of the Medical and Dental Staff at Boston City Hospital from 1981-1983. Throughout most of his career he was the only full-time faculty member in the OMS department and therefore was on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After his retirement, he became Professor Emeritus of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston University.
Dr. Maloney trained over two hundred oral and maxillofacial surgeons and educated thousands of dental students as well. He was a national and international lecturer. At the same time he conducted and enjoyed research. His research resulted in numerous publications, mostly in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology. His first, unwavering, most important educational message was that the patient always came first. His values and principles were understood and respected by his peers and residents but appreciated most of all by those patients whom he cared for.
He was President of the Massachusetts Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from 1972-1973. He was active in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). He was elected and served as the President of the AAOMS from 1985-1986. He was honored by this association and his peers multiple times. Of note he received the W. Gies Foundation award in 1988, the R. Walker Distinguished Service Award in 1989, and the D. Osbon Award for Outstanding Educator in 2000.
In 1992 he received the Torch Award, which is the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation’s highest award. It recognizes an individual who has provided exemplary service and made major contributions in fostering the purposes of the foundation.
This award recognized his major contribution to the specialty by co-establishing a five million dollar endowed research fund for the specialty and practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This was a major undertaking but with his usual persistence and confidence, despite doubt from others that the goal was too high, the financial support was gained and the fund was established. In 2005, the AAOMS honored him again by dedicating the annual meeting to him.
The staff at BMC as well as colleagues and residents honored him by establishing the endowed BMC BU Philip L. Maloney, D.M.D. Trauma Lecture Award. This award and lecture are given at the AAOMS’s annual meeting. Dr. Maloney’s longtime, loyal assistant, Helen Doyle, led the campaign to raise $50,000 for the endowed lecture/award and this was matched by the OMS Foundation to endow the fund for $100,000.
In 1995, Dr. Maloney was honored by Boston City Hospital with The Commissioner Thomas P. Traylor Award for Distinguished Service to Boston City Hospital. This award was not only for distinguished service but for excellence in patient care.
Dr. Maloney’s accomplishments were not restricted to his career. Having been born less than a block from the Quincy Tennis Club, he was a self-taught, accomplished tennis player. At the age of fifteen he won the National Boys Doubles Title in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a partner he met at the event. He also won the Massachusetts State Boys Singles title when he was in high school. He was ranked #1 in doubles in the New England Lawn Tennis Association rankings throughout most of his life. In 1999, he was inducted into the International Tennis Foundation’s New England Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. At that time he had won over 130 NELTA tournaments. He was ranked #1 in New-England Father-Son doubles with his son, Philip, Jr., #1 in Father-Daughter doubles with his daughter, Tracy, and a decade later he ranked #3 with his son, Stephen. He always stated that he was as proud of his #3 ranking with Stephen as his #1 ranking with Philip as he was a decade older and within that time had sustained significant injuries. He competed nationally with his children placing 2nd and 3rd at many events. He competed in National Father-Daughter Doubles until 2014.
Dr. Maloney was a lifelong member of the Quincy Tennis Club. He was made an honorary member of the club for life in recognition of his many contributions. He served as the club’s President more than once. He believed the Quincy Tennis Club was a great asset to the Quincy/South Shore community. He believed, as with many things, the members are just stewards of the treasure that is the Quincy Tennis Club. His dedication was most striking when the membership asked him to become the President to organize and lead the efforts to fund and rebuild the club after it had burned down in a fire in the fall of 1978. He and other members had a new clubhouse constructed and opened the following year.
His love of his profession and athletics met when serving as President of the AAOMS. At the time, Carlton Fisk was the Honorary Chairman of the AAOMS’s smokeless tobacco campaign. Dr. Maloney presented the AAOMS’s honorary award to Carlton Fisk at home plate in Wrigley Field, Chicago. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, this was quite a thrill.
Dr. Maloney was always a true gentleman, humble, kind, and respectful to all. He was quietly generous to those he knew and did not know. He did not seek accolades but they sought him. He lived honestly and simply. He was not driven by material pursuits. He loved his profession, his family, and many friends. As he aged, he was increasingly troubled by reports in the news of conflict, war, and violence. When the new Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic opened at Boston City Hospital, he dedicated the clinic to Martin Luther King Jr. He deeply admired Dr. King for his messages and how he delivered them. He believed, whenever possible, of resolution of conflict with peaceful negotiation. He was accomplished personally and professionally but mostly he was a joy to converse with and be in the presence of. He will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.
Beloved husband for fifty-seven years of Frances I. (Kozec) Maloney.
Devoted, adored, and extraordinary father of Frances A. MacFarlane and her husband Bruce, Tracy E. Maloney, D.M.D., M.S., Philip L. Maloney, Jr., Lynne C. Maloney, and Stephen P. Maloney, M.D. and his wife Amy. Loving Papa to several grandchildren.
The youngest of seven siblings, he was the brother of Therese Maloney and was pre-deceased by Mary, Cathleen, James, Thomas, and Richard Maloney. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Tuesday, November 21st at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the funeral home on Monday from 4 – 7 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.
For those who wish, donations in Dr. Maloney’s memory may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.
You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.