Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Earl W. Mallick Died Sept. 6, 2017 U.S. Steel Executive Valued Candor

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Earl W. Mallick Died Sept. 6, 2017 U.S. Steel Executive Valued Candor

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He was a vice president for industrial powerhouse U.S. Steel Corp.

She was an environmentalist hell-bent on cleaning up Pittsburgh's air.

And yet Earl W. Mallick and Michelle Madoff, the firebrand activist who became a longtime Pittsburgh City Council member, managed a forthright relationship as "sort-of buddies" in the mid-1970s.

"It sounded as if it was one of mutual respect," said Mr. Mallick's son, Craig Mallick of Franklin Park.

"I think he was happy about that - that he could have that kind of relationship with someone who many probably considered a foe of the company, of the industry."

The elder Mr. Mallick's candid streak encouraged his rapid ascent in the steel business, his son said, where the Pittsburgh native helped lead U.S. Steel for nearly three decades before his retirement in 1991. He was living in Fort Myers, Fla., when he died Wednesday at age 91.

Born in Mount Washington to Nora and Frederick Mallick, he grew up in Ambridge, enrolled in a Navy program and attended Northwestern University. He finished a degree in electrical engineering in 1946 and, to his father's dismay, went on to earn a law degree at Harvard University.

Along the way, Mr. Mallick met Evelyn Hill of Emsworth through a wedding party.

They wed in 1950 - no thanks to his love for corny humor.

"He told these jokes - she just thought they were awful. She had very little interest" at first, Craig Mallick said.

"He tended to laugh the hardest at his own jokes. He was probably doing that, too. Things turned around later."

The young couple lived in southwestern Pennsylvania, where Mr. Mallick joined Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel as a law clerk in 1949.

About six years later, the company transferred him to a former coal and iron division in Fairfield, Ala., and the family began a nearly two-decade stint in the South.

By 1964, U.S. Steel had appointed him vice president-South.

He became entrenched in Birmingham amid the blossoming movement for civil rights.

The local Young Men's Business Club named him Birmingham Man of the Year in 1967 for his community service.

"Mallick was willing to speak directly with civil rights leaders and took a more active role in facilitating the changes in the city," Judith Stein wrote in her book, "Running Steel, Running America: Race, Economic Policy and the Decline of Liberalism. …

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