Thomas L. Maloney '61
Thomas L. Maloney '61
Title: Class of 2007
Organization: Track and Field

In an era when linemen had no stats and seemingly little recognition, such a distinction didn't keep Tom Maloney from being a known force in the trenches. Playing both offense and defense, he was named All-New England twice and was selected an All-American after his senior season.

He was also named to numerous All-Opponent teams during his junior and senior season, an achievement of great significance during the era of the early '60s.

"If I had nickel for every time an opposing coach asked when he was graduating, I would have retired earlier," says assistant coach and Hall of Famer Merl Norcross. "Teams planned their schemes just to avoid Tom."

Known for his combination of size, strength, and agility, Tom played tackle on offense and on the interior of the defensive line. He made his presence known from day one, starting as a freshman in 1957.

"He was a tough player," comments teammate Bill Shields. "When he and Jack Pisinski walked into a room, the tough guys left."

Playing under the tutelage of legendary head coach Bob Pritchard, the Engineers enjoyed a winning record with Tom on the squad. During his final two seasons, he helped the Crimson and Gray outgain their opponents both on the ground and through the air. Perhaps even more impressive were a pair of 40-0 shutouts over RPI and wins over traditional rivals Norwich, Bates, and Wesleyan.

"Tom always had a positive attitude," says teammate Paul Covec. "He spent time helping the younger guys and dragged them up to a higher level."

Arguably, his best game came in his final collegiate contest versus Norwich. With the Engineers an overwhelming underdog to a talented Cadets squad, Maloney played like a man possessed, notching seven solo tackles for loss in the first half alone. WPI ended up with the 36-12 upset that sent shockwaves throughout the New England football landscape.

Football wasn't the only sport that Tom Maloney excelled in. He also enjoyed a standout career as a goalie on the lacrosse team during the spring season on Boynton Hill. He was three-year member of the varsity squad, and started his last two seasons.

Tom received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from WPI, and a master's in management from the Rensselaer and the New York Institute of Finance. He served in the U.S. Navy, where he was a commissioned deep sea diving officer. He is currently first vice president at Smith Barney. He and his wife, Lora Allaire, have two children and three grandchildren.  The couple lives in Acton, Massachusetts.