IN MEMORIAM: Louise Mallory

by Jane Ahrens

Louise Mallory of Gulf Stream, Florida died March 28, 2010 at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, FL. She was 100.

Mrs. Mallory was a longtime resident of Fishers Island and, with her husband Philip, had at one time owned the current O’Keefe residence.

The daughter of Frank and Edna Sobotka, Mrs.Mallory was born June 17, 1909 in Washington, D.C. She married Philip Rogers Mallory, a founder of Duracell International Battery Co., who had a particular interest in the Mystic Seaport Museum. Upon his death in 1975, Mrs. Mallory continued to support the museum, as well as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.  With a father in the diplomatic corps, Mrs. Mallory traveled extensively at a young age and continued to travel throughout her life—taking five world cruises. Frank Giacalone, her husband of 33 years, could not think of a country she had not visited.

“She was a very generous, kind, loving person, and did not always look for recognition for her generosity,” Mr. Giacalone said.  “When thieves took a boy’s wheelchair, the story made the news. Louise’s response didn’t make the news, but the child got a new wheelchair. That was the way she wanted it. She found happiness in giving.”

Mrs. Mallory’s remains were cremated and scattered in the Atlantic Ocean, in accordance with her wishes. Memorial donations may be made to Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT 06355.

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USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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