Obituary: Richard J. Maloy, Washington journalist, dies at 89

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the Thomson newspaper group as British-based. It was based in Canada at the time. It later merged with the Reuters news service and is now known as Thomson Reuters.

January 5
Richard J. Maloy
journalist

Richard J. Maloy, who was the Washington bureau chief of Thomson newspapers after working for years at The Washington Post, died Dec. 1 at Sunrise of Fox Hill assisted living facility in Bethesda. He was 89.

The cause was respiratory failure, said a son, Michael Maloy.

Mr. Maloy came to Washington in 1952, when he was hired as a local news reporter at The Post. He covered state and national politics and, early in his tenure, secured a one-on-one interview with President Harry S. Truman.

He reported on the civil rights movement in the early 1960s and became the paper’s London bureau chief in 1965. He later served as a city and state editor.

Mr. Maloy became an associate editor at National Journal in 1970, then opened a Washington bureau for the Thomson newspaper group in 1974. He was Thomson’s Washington bureau chief until his retirement in the 1990s.

Richard Joseph Maloy was born in Lancaster, Pa., and grew up in Lorain, Ohio, where his father was a newspaper editor and publisher.

During World War II, Mr. Maloy served as an Army infantryman in Europe. He received the Bronze Star Medal.

He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1949 and worked at the Baltimore Sun, Detroit Free Press and the Morning Journal in Lorain before joining The Post.

Mr. Maloy lived for many years in Bethesda, where he was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church. He was a longtime member and officer of the National Press Club.

His wife of 58 years, Berneice Kinahan Maloy, died in 2010. Survivors include two sons, Michael Maloy of Venice, Calif., and Timothy Maloy of Beirut; and a granddaughter.

— Matt Schudel