Charles O'Malley, 93, friend and supporter





Scholastic journalism lost a loyal and enduring champion with the March 19 passing of Charles O’Malley, a former director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. He was 93.

O’Malley led the Columbia University-based association for more than a decade, from 1969 to 1981. He remained an active student press advocate for the rest of his life.

O’Malley was editor of his high school paper and associate business manager for The Columbia Spectator at Columbia College, where he earned his degree in 1944. From there, he went on to build a successful business career as a shipping company executive, as publisher of a weekly newsletter about oil shipping, and as a senior executive at a company representing TV and radio stations.

He joined the CSPA in 1968 and became its leader the next year.

“He was my friend for 38 years and we will all miss his warmth, humor and kindness,” Ed Sullivan, CSPA’s executive director, said in a written statement.

O’Malley served as an honorary chairman of the SPLC’s “Tomorrow’s Voices” endowment campaign and made the largest individual pledge to that campaign.

Mike Hiestand, legal consultant to the SPLC, said O’Malley was “a great friend of the Student Press Law Center” and “instrumental” in the endowment campaign’s success.

“We owe him a great debt, just like all student media do,” he said.


reports, Spring 2008