NEW YORK — Alfred Malecki, the founding publisher of Pensions & Investments, died July 23 at his home in New York following a long battle with cancer. He was 85.
Mr. Malecki was publisher of P&I between 1973 and 1976. He was publisher of Business Insurance, P&I's sister publication also owned by Crain Communications Inc., from 1970 until his retirement in 1991.
"Al Malecki was a loyal and longtime employee of Crain Communications. … He was a great inspiration and mentor to many associates at Crain. We all have warm and fond memories of Al," said Keith Crain, chairman of Crain Communications.
"Al was a delightfully warm guy who treasured publishing," said Will-iam T. Bisson Jr., group publisher and editorial director of Crain's financial publications. "He was very much a gentleman. At the same time, he brought to P&I very sound business judgment, and was instrumental in launching P&I."
Mr. Malecki was born and educated in Leipzig, Germany. He moved with his family to South America and began a marketing career that culminated in a role as manager of operations for Mobil Corp. in Bolivia. Mr. Malecki later moved to the United States and entered the publishing field in 1953.
Mr. Malecki is survived by his wife, Zenia, and daughter, Sophie Dichter.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association of New York, 360 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017.