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Judith Robinson Maloney

Judith Robinson Maloney established this endowed scholarship fund in honor of her husband as he celebrated a milestone birthday. Dr. Gene Maloney was born just across the Catawba River and raised in Gastonia. He attended local schools, earning his spending money delivering papers for the Gaston Gazette. His claim to fame is that he was Jeanne and Marshall Rauch’s paper boy.

He graduated from UNC with a degree in Chemistry and Duke University with a Doctor of Medicine. After graduation, he continued with four years of post graduate study in Psychiatry and Medicine. He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a Psychiatrist, helping to establish the first in-patient psychiatric unit in the county. He has been recognized on numerous occasions for his outstanding contributions in the mental health field including two state-wide awards. Most recently, he was the only psychiatrist in the state to receive the Heroes in the Fight against mental illness award. He has always considered that his greatest reward was seeing his patients get well and have a normal life. He is currently Medical Director of Timber Ridge Adolescent Treatment Center in Salisbury, N. C. and Pathways in Gastonia.

He is an accomplished pilot, and owns his own airplane. He has flown over much of the United States, Canada and the Bahamas, and taught his son to fly. He, his son and his father-in-law flew across the United States, following the path of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with the help of many friends and family who served as ground crew. He is also an accomplished photographer and is proud to have had his work exhibited in the Jeanne Rauch Gallery at Gaston College.