Hazel Malter leaves a legacy for injured and sick animals
Hazel Malter passed away in November of 2010 at the age of 92. Her love of animals and legacy of dedication to the community will continue for generations though thanks in part to a bequest in her will that established a Field of Interest Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation.
A native Pittsburgher, Miss Malter had a career with the Social Security Administration, first in the downtown Pittsburgh office where she worked in public relations and gave radio talks. She moved to the East Liberty office later as a Field Representative. During her career, Miss Malter received several "Outstanding Public Service" awards.
Miss Malter was also active in the East End community. She joined the Shadyside Hospital Auxiliary in 1956 and volunteered as a patient escort. Shadyside Hospital was in the process of adding the new South Wing to the original building built in 1910. The Auxiliary was one of three women’s volunteer organizations that helped support patient care and services.
Miss Malter served as the organization’s President from 1986-1991. In 2006, she was awarded the “Above and Beyond” Award” – the same year she celebrated fifty years of service to the hospital. Upon receiving this award, Miss Malter remarked, “Through the Auxiliary, I have thoroughly enjoyed a very pleasant association with special, helpful ladies.”
Members remember Miss Malter as a wonderfully cheerful and courageous lady who was devoted to the hospital and its auxillary. Miss Malter was recognized for numerous fundraising projects, including the first Pittsburgh doll show. Miss Malter was a doll collector. Her efforts translated into patients receiving free mammograms, dental care and immunizations.
As a member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, she served on various committees with dedicated service. Active in her church as well, Emory United Methodist, she was a lifelong member and joined the choir in 1942.
Miss Malter was also devoted to animals during her lifetime. Her fund, established in November of 2010, is dedicated to abandoned, injured or sick pets. Miss Malter will see that these animals receive the care they need today and well into the future.
“Miss Malter’s philanthropic goals were as individual as she was,” said Yvonne Maher, Vice Preseident of Development and Donor Services at the Foundation. “Because of her thoughtful planning during her lifetime, not only will her charitable interests be served, but her legacy will continue to improve our community as well.”
Miss Malter put it best, “There is tremendous satisfaction in doing worthwhile work.”