Martin Malarkey, a pioneer of the cable industry, died June 27 of cardiac arrest at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 79.
Malarkey played a principal role in the formation of the National Cable Television Assn. and served as its first president from 1951-56.
Malarkey and cable engineer Archer Taylor formed the first cable TV consulting firm, Malarkey-Taylor Associates, in 1966.
In 1987, Malarkey’s company purchased Economic Management Consultants Intl. in an attempt to develop synergy between the emerging telecommunication sectors of cable and wireless. He later sold his interest in the company to the senior partners and remained a consultant with the firm until his death.
He also philanthropically founded, and became the first chairman of, the Washington Hospital Center Foundation……
Malarkey is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, a daughter, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.