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Distinguished Alum Paul Malchesky ’64 Supports the Catholic Education of Today’s Youth

Distinguished Alum Paul Malchesky ’64 Supports the Catholic Education of Today’s YouthDr. Paul S. Malchesky is a proud member of the Bishop Carroll class of 1964. Looking back at his time as a student, Paul came to realize that Bishop Carroll truly shaped him into the man he is today. “Without much thought at the time, I can look back and see that Bishop Carroll prepared and provided me with a very valuable step,” he says.

The lifelong lessons that a Catholic education provides are demonstrated in Paul. The values and ethics instilled in him have proven themselves to be a significant reason for his success today. Academically, Paul appreciated and took full advantage of what was offered at Bishop Carroll. “I valued my academic efforts. I knew that whatever I wanted to do, I had to be prepared to the best of my abilities. I took the college prep courses and was fortunate to land a half-tuition scholarship to St. Francis. I did not want to waste this experience,” he states.

In addition to academics, Paul also played for the school’s football team. Unfortunately, an injury his senior year sidelined him for his final season. That incident could have impacted him negatively, but Paul was able to see the positive and used that situation to gain new experiences. “When I got hurt, it was a difficult time for me and made me even more convinced that my way out was through academics. The setting at Bishop Carroll at that time was very stimulating to engage and learn from others.” After graduating with a B.S. in chemistry from St. Francis he went on and got  Masters degrees in chemistry from Case Western Reserve and chemical engineering from Cleveland State University and a doctorate in engineering from Cleveland State. 

The faculty at Bishop Carroll was excellent, as Paul remembers. Their dedication to the students was obvious and greatly benefited Paul, as he honed in on what he wanted to do in the future. “Teachers and staff made a big impact on me. I majored in chemistry in college, and I can say that Mr. Dennis Frank, my chemistry teacher, had a strong influence on that choice.” But it wasn’t only the teaching staff that Paul cherishes interacting with during those years. “I believed I gained a strong appreciation for my fellow man as students and what we can learn from each other,” he says. “The friendships and peer support made my high school years enjoyable and broadened my outlooks.”

Since graduation, Paul has enjoyed a very successful career.  He serves as Chief Science Officer of EnviroSystems, Inc., Chief Science Officer for Timilon, President of the International Center for Artificial Organs and Transplantation (ICAOT), and President of Malchesky & Associates, LLC, a firm specializing in providing consulting services to the medical device and chemical industries. He is a former Vice President of Operations and Discovery and Development for NanoScale Materials, Inc., a former Vice President of Investigational Research and Discovery & Development at STERIS Corporation, and Staff Member at the Cleveland Clinic in Artificial Organs, Cleveland, OH. He was also formerly an Associate Professor of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Adjunct Staff in Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and an Adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University. In addition, Paul has published extensively in these fields and holds thirty-four patents. He is active in various professional societies, is Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Organs, and is the Managing Editor of Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis.   

But perhaps most important to Paul, is his sense of giving back to the Bishop Carroll community and supporting today’s youth. He is a founder along with his siblings of The Paul and Lucy Malchesky Educational Scholarship, which was developed in honor of his parents. It is given annually to a student from the Portage Area to continue his or her education at a college, university or professional school, with particular consideration to those seeking a career in health care. This year, the scholarship amount will be $1,000.

In addition to the The Paul and Lucy Malchesky Educational Scholarship, Paul also developed the scholarship, Class of ’64, with a generous contribution. “Having then recently come from our 50th Class Reunion, I recognized a need to support Catholic Education at BCHS. When I was a student at Bishop Carroll, we did not have to pay tuition.  Considering the costs of a private education today, we need to do all we can to reduce the burden on students interested in a Catholic High School education. My hope is that having designated this scholarship to my graduation class, other members of my class would also support this endeavor.”

When asked why he values his Catholic education, Paul doesn’t hesitate. “I believe education is our means to a better life. Any encouragement we can offer to those interested in a Catholic education should be made. My time at Bishop Carroll provided me with a stepping stone to higher education and training that have opened opportunities for me. Education provides the hope that we can achieve a better life for ourselves and those we support.”

It is in part due to this lifelong commitment to Catholic education that Paul will be honored with a Distinguished Alumni award at the 2017 Carrollian Gala.

Paul and his wife Carol (Hoose) reside in Painesville Township, OH and have four children and 11 grandkids.

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