Robert J. Maley, of Richmond, Ind., died April 18, 2005, after a 50-year legal career. Bob proudly attended St. Mary's elementary school, Test Junior High School, Richmond High School and the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with honors as an undergraduate and earned his law degree in 1955, ranking first in his class.
He practiced law with distinction and honor for 50 years, first as a law clerk to Hon. Luther Swygert, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, then in general practice in Richmond. His legal career was marked by devoted service to clients, including those in the community unable to afford legal counsel. In the last 10 years he devoted much of his practice to pro bono service, often to the Hispanic community.
He served as president of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners, president of the Wayne County Bar Association and was a Distinguished Fellow of both the Indiana and Indianapolis Bar foundations. He was a fourth-generation and lifetime member of St. Mary Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1948.
He received the Distinguished Graduate Award from St. Mary's in 2000. He was presented with a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. O' Bannon. His civic service was diverse and constant throughout his life, including service as president of the Richmond Board of Aviation Commissioners, president of Wernle Children's Home, chairman of Citizens for Kennedy and board memberships with the Richmond Boys Club, Salvation Army, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Wayne County Chapter American Cancer Society. Posthumously he has been awarded pro bono awards from the Indiana Bar Foundation and Legal Services of Indiana.