Brother Vincent Malham, FSC, Christian Brothers University president, died Friday, May 2, 2008 in an automobile accident in Louisiana. Brother Vincent had served as 21st President of the University since December 2005. According to Louisiana State Police, Brother Vincent was traveling southbound on a road near Clayton, Louisiana, when the car he was driving crossed the center lane and collided head-on with another vehicle at 2:11 p.m. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle were not seriously injured.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 11, 5:00-9:00 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue) with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in the section set aside for the Christian Brothers of Memphis. A light luncheon will be served afterward in the Thomas Center on the CBU campus. In lieu of flowers, Brother Vincent had requested that memorials be sent to Christian Brothers University Scholarship Fund or to the Christian Brothers Retirement Fund c/o Christian Brothers University.
During his all-too-brief tenure at CBU, Brother Vincent oversaw the University’s largest capital project in more than a decade with the new construction and expansion of the CBU Science Complex. He also spearheaded the renovations of the University Theater and campus housing, along with numerous other campus improvements and beautification efforts. His guidance led to a number of new degree programs and expanded the University’s scope in academic offerings, including a graduate degree in Catholic studies, undergraduate programs in biomedical science and studio art, and several new undergraduate programs slated to begin this fall.
Brother Vincent Malham was born in Brinkley, Arkansas, and graduated fromBrinkley High School. He attended Christian Brothers College, Southwestern, and Siena colleges in Memphis before joining the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1955.
Early in his career, Brother Vincent held various teaching and leadership positions. He joined CBU in 1973 as a member of the CBU faculty and was dean of the Faculty of Arts (now the School of Arts) from 1981-1987. From 1990-1995 he held the position of Provincial Superior of the St. Louis Province of Christian Brothers. He served at two different times as a Trustee of the University and presently serves on the Boards of St. Mary’s University (Winona, MN) and St. Mary’s College (Moraga, CA).
An accomplished pianist, Brother Vincent’s musical career included experience as a teacher, composer, conductor, and performer. From 1970 to 1998 he performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East with his late confrere, Brother Laurence Walther. Representing the international Lasallian educational family, the “Brothers in Concert” presented over 100 programs of duo-piano and vocal music to audiences of various backgrounds and cultures.
In 1996 he began teaching English and Music at Bethlehem University in Bethlehem. He was named Vice Chancellor (CEO) at Bethlehem University in 1997 and became President in 1998, serving in that position until July 1, 2005. Throughout his tenure at Bethlehem and afterward, he was a strong voice for peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.
Brother Vincent was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He was honored by the Sovereign Order of Malta with the “Croix Pro Piis Meritis,” by St. Mary’s College of California with an honorary doctorate, and by Christian Brothers University with the Bishop Dozier Award for Peace and Justice.
In June 2007, Brother Vincent was awarded the “Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice” medal and citation by Cardinal Moussa Daoud, Prefect for the Congregation of Eastern Churches, at the Vatican. This distinguished award is the highest given to lay persons and clergy for exemplary service to the Church. Brother Vincent received this honor in recognition of his leadership and ministry at Bethlehem University.