Leonard Malmud, 91, Longtime Communal Leader


Leonard Malmud served as a longtime officer with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Leonard Malmud, a pro­minent leader of the Jewish community and longtime officer with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, died March 13.
A native of Trenton, N.J., he was 91.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, which he attended with a disruption for military service during World War II — Malmud attained the rank of first lieutenant in the Air Force — he started a business with his father-in-law and co-founded the George Sall Metal Company, which became one of the largest smelters and refiners of non-ferrous metals in the country. 
Malmud served as president of the company until 1968, when it merged with a national company. He remained president until 1973.He served on the Board of Trustees of Federation for many years and chaired several committees.
Malmud’s first contact with the predecessor of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia was in 1946 when he solicited donations as a member of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. 
He remained active in post-graduation leadership roles with the fraternity for decades. In recognition of his hard work and commitment, ZBT renamed its edifice at Penn the Malmud House in 2014. He was a also a past president of the Locust Club and Golden Slipper. 
In 1995, he received the Gold Medallion, Golden Slipper’s highest honor. He was a vice president of the former JCCs of Greater Philadelphia and was instrumental in implementing its adult education program. 
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Betty Lou Sall; two daughters, Jo Ann Malmud and Elizabeth Rultenberg; and three grandchildren. 


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