Remembering SMU Dedman Law Alumnus Don Malouf '62

Remembering SMU Dedman Law Alumnus Don Malouf '62

SMU Dedman School of Law mourns the passing of our distinguished alumni Donald J. Malouf, who died on December 11, 2017. He grew up in University Park, Dallas, and attended Highland Park High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of Texas, while simultaneously completing all of the formal courses for his M.B.A. He received his J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law in 1962.

Mr. Malouf served on the Executive Board of SMU Dedman School of Law, was a member of the SMU Dedman School of Law Campaign Steering Committee, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice in 2011. In 2016, a scholarship fund was established anonymously in his name at the law school. He also served on the SMU Planned Giving Council.

Mr. Malouf helped form and served as lawyer (and sometimes mentor) for numerous types of businesses. He was a founding member of Five States Energy Company, LLC, for which he was Vice President and Secretary for over 35 years. Throughout the years, he helped many families plan their estates and their inter-generational wealth transfers. After 45 successful years as a lawyer, Mr. Malouf left law practice. As retiring was never in his nature, Mr. Malouf continued to work in the capacity of a consultant/facilitator for a limited number of affluent entrepreneurial families and served as advisory director for their enterprises.

Mr. Malouf was well known within the legal field, having written 10 books on estate planning. He also wrote numerous articles in professional journals, as well as having taught graduate law school, law school and legal assistant courses at SMU and at other schools. He was a frequent speaker at various professional organizations.

He was listed in every edition of Best Lawyers in America, in Texas Monthly as a “Super Lawyer,” and in Robb Report’s Worth Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys” in America for his work with entrepreneurial families. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Probate, Trusts & Estates Sections of the Dallas Bar Association.

Mr. Malouf served as a board member or advisory board member of many educational, charitable and arts organizations, including the Meadows School of the Arts.

His compassion, kindness, curiosity and ability to listen are legendary among his friends, colleagues and family. Mr. Malouf always preferred to shine the spotlight on others, rather than to tout his own achievements, which were vast and significant. His family was paramount to him.

“Don Malouf dearly loved the Law School and the practice of law, serving as a mentor and advisor to many in the community,” said Jennifer Collins, Dean of SMU Dedman School of Law. “We will be forever grateful for him and he will be missed by all.” 

Mr. Malouf is survived by wife, jewelry designer, and writer Dian Malouf. He is also survived by his daughters Meredith Blake Malouf and Brooke Elizabeth Malouf; sons Samuel Carter Malouf and his wife Jill (Adams) and Spencer Malouf and his wife Jane (Huston). He is also survived by his sister Terry Malouf Bond, nephew Joshua Kahlil Bond, and hundreds of beloved cousins.

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Memorial services will be held 11:00am Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, TX 75205.
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