July 31, 2000
Former Wilmington Mayor Tom Maloney, elected at age 30, died July 19. He was 58.
Maloney served as mayor of Wilmington, Delaware's largest city, from 1973 to 1977. After an unsuccessful race for the U.S. Senate, Maloney was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as Mid-Atlantic director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Wilmington Mayor James Sills credited Maloney with beginning the revitalization of downtown. Other political leaders including Governor Tom Carper (DE) and Senator Joseph Biden (DE) hailed Maloney for his work in bringing a new and younger generation of leaders into politics.
Both Sills and Maloney were first elected to the Wilmington City Council in 1968.
Maloney had been serving as executive director of a non-profit drug and alcohol counseling agency.