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Posted 5/8/2014

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Bernard “Bernie” Malamud retired from the Detroit District in 1988 as chief of the Design Branch and deputy chief Engineering Division after 32 years of service, but after retirement Malamud continued working as an engineering consultant for 10 more plus years.


While working for the Detroit District, Bernie deployed and served to help build the Israeli Air Base Program in the Negev Desert from Sept. 1981 to Jan. 1982. During this time the Corps built two airbases as part of the Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel.

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He and wife Shirley are enjoying retirement as they travel throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have visited more than 30 different countries and are seeking new adventures all the time.


The Malamuds are still in the Detroit Metro area where they spend most of their time with their three children and four grandchildren, many friends, relatives and former Corps employees. When they take a break from traveling and spending time with family and friends they volunteer for various organizations in the area. One of Bernie’s most rewarding forms of volunteerism has been as the pace car driver for Karmanos "Race for the Cure" for the last 20 years.


Bernie enjoys all of the Detroit sports teams and watches them whenever possible. In 1993 his family sent him to the Tiger Fantasy Camp in Lakeland, Fla. to play ball with the Tigers and he says “he still has the aches and pains” from that experience. But, he wouldn’t trade being able to meet some of the former Tigers’ 1968 World Series champs, such as: Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton and Bill Freehan.

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