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Palmer community mourns Dr. Ervin Malcheff

5/7/2013 (Archived)

Dr. Ervin MalcheffErvin (Erv) M. Malcheff, D.C., passed away on May 5, 2013, in Hillsdale, Mich. He was born in 1937 in Toledo, Ohio, and married Carol Probert Malcheff, D.C., in 1959. Dr. Malcheff graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1969, and he and Dr. Carol Malcheff opened the Hillsdale Chiropractic Clinic in Hillsdale, Mich., that same year. They opened a satellite office in 2002 in Jonesville, Mich. Their son, Tim Malcheff, D.C., practiced with them. Dr. Malcheff retired from active practice in August 2012.

Dr. Malcheff, along with Dr. Carol Malcheff, became a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 2004. He was appointed to the Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees in 2008, and at the time of his passing served on the Board’s Alumni and Professional Development Committee, Audit Committee, Trustee and Governance Committee, Ad Hoc Heritage Committee and Ad Hoc Identity Committee. Dr. Malcheff was a charter member of the Palmer Presidents Club and a founding member of Palmer’s Heritage Endowment Society.

He was a member of the Michigan Chiropractic Council (MCC) and served on the MCC Board of Directors and the Peer Review Committee. Additionally, he was a member of the ICA, ACA and the Michigan Political Action Committee. In his community, Dr. Malcheff was the team doctor of the Hillsdale College Football team from 1970 to 1976 and the first chiropractor to be on the staff at Hillsdale Community Health Center. He was a past president of Rotary International, a member of the Hillsdale Chamber of Commerce and a 32nd Degree Mason of Hillsdale Lodge. A member of College Baptist Church since 1970, he served on the church Board of Trustees, was a deacon and taught Sunday school.

“He was a perfect gentleman of extraordinary character,” said Palmer Board of Trustees Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C. “Generous, selfless and dedicated to his profession, his college and his family, he set the gold standard as a Palmer trustee because of these attributes. He will be missed by all of us at Palmer and by countless friends and family.”

There will be three visitations from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, and on Friday, May 10 from 10-11 a.m., with the memorial service on Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Memorials may be made in memory of Dr. Malcheff to Hospice of Hillsdale County or Palmer College of Chiropractic.