March 15, 1927 – Feb. 9, 2018
Dr. Milford C. Maloney, a cardiologist who chaired the Department of Medicine at Mercy Hospital, always wanted a medical career but he took an indirect route.
He majored in chemistry at Canisius College, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1947. He then took evening courses for a master’s degree in organic chemistry while working as an industrial research chemist at Buffalo Electrical Chemical Co.
“The organic chemistry background was something that he could support himself with while he was studying,” his son Michael Maloney said, “and he could go into medicine with a good background.”
Graduating from the University of Buffalo Medical School in 1953, he served as an intern at Mercy Hospital, a resident at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a fellow in cardiology at Buffalo General Hospital.
After completing his fellowship, he was chief medical doctor from 1957 to 1959 at the Army hospital at Fort Eustis, Va., holding the rank of captain.
He then returned to Buffalo, becoming principal cardiologist at Mercy Hospital. He was named the hospital’s chief of medicine in 1969 and was director of its medical residency training program for 18 years.
A longtime resident of Orchard Park, he moved to Williamsburg, Va., after he retired in 1994.
He died last Friday in Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, Va., from complications after suffering a fall. He was 90.
Born in Buffalo, Milford Charles Maloney attended Holy Family School in South Buffalo. He was 10 years old when his father, a police lieutenant who headed the city’s vice and gambling squad, died when his car was struck by a streetcar.
He graduated from South Park High School in 1944, a year after his brother Paul, who was a record-setting long-distance swimmer. An outstanding swimmer in his own right, he won an athletic scholarship to Canisius College and set records that stood for decades.
He was an All American in 1945 and a gold, silver and bronze medal winner in the National Amateur Athletic Union championship meet.
His brother Paul transferred to Canisius and joined him to establish what was at first a two-man swimming team. Both Maloney brothers have been inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
“My father was the sprinter and his brother was the long-distance guy,” Michael Maloney said.
“The two of them together could win everything,” his nephew Timothy Maloney told The Buffalo News following Paul’s death in 2008.
He declined an opportunity to swim in the Olympic trials in 1948. In the Army, he organized a team to compete in the Second Army swimming meet in 1958 and broke two records.
At 55, he won three gold medals swimming in the Empire State Games in Syracuse. For many years, he continued to swim a couple of miles every day.
Dr. Maloney maintained a private practice with offices in South Buffalo and made house calls during his first years. He was a clinical professor of medicine at UB and lectured at conferences around the world.
Active in medical societies, he served a term as president of the American Society of Internal Medicine, now part of the American College of Physicians.
He was past president of the Erie County Medical Society, New York State Society of Internal Medicine, the Western New York Heart Association and the UB Medical Alumni Association. He was a founding member of the National Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
In retirement, he continued lecturing in cardiology and other medical topics at the College of William and Mary until 2008 and was a coordinator for the Williamsburg Health Care Consortium.
He received the Heritage Award from Mercy Hospital, a Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the UB Medical Alumni Association and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Canisius College. He appeared in several editions of “Who’s Who in America.”
He was a member of the Buffalo Athletic Club, the James Platt White Society at UB, the Orchard Park and Williamsburg Rotary Clubs and the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club.
A dedicated supporter of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he was a founding member and director emeritus of the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg. He served as president of the Historic Port Anne Homeowners Association in Williamsburg.
He and a high school classmate, E. Dione Sheppard, who was a legal secretary, were married in 1950. They were parents of nine children.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Diane Enriquez, Rosemary Calame and Patricia; four sons, Michael, Brian, John and Mark; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be offered in early March in Williamsburg and at 10:15 a.m. March 15 in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park.