After graduation, he worked as a clerk-typist
at the Library of Congress before serving in
the U.S. Army in Germany. After being hon- orably discharged, he returned to his job at
the Library of Congress and pursued a law
degree at night. He passed the bar and soon
took a job with the U.S. Department of the
Treasury tracking revenue sharing accounts.
Malaku remained active in the Catholic
Church throughout his life, especially at
St Anthony’s in Washington, DC. He was a
Cursillistas, and a lifetime member of the
Knights of Columbus. He loved music, and
especially enjoyed playing the guitar. He
was known to many as the lead of the St.
Anthony’s folk group in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
When the 11:30 a.m. service was discontin- ued, he took his guitar and singing talents
to St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Silver
Springs, MD, and other churches. He wrote
and recorded many songs as both a solo art- ist and with the St. Andrew’s choir. When
his health declined, he stopped playing the
guitar but continued to enjoy being a mem- ber of the St Andrew Saturday Men’s Group.
Malaku is survived by his wife of 64 years,
LaVernis, their three children, Valerie, Deb- orah, and William, and their granddaughter
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