Joseph Mallen, 86, of Newtown Square, a former president of Boeing's helicopter division in Ridley Park, died Thursday, Nov. 15, of heart failure at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media.
A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Mallen was born on May 23, 1926, to Ukrainian immigrant parents. His father, Thomas, owned a bar in New York City, and instilled the discipline and hard work that Mr. Mallen relied on throughout his life.
A gifted student, Mr. Mallen skipped a year of school and enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 17. At MIT, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aeronautics and astronautics.