Malcolm H. Dearden
Malcolm H. Dearden
Hometown: Fall River, MA
Team: Soccer

Malcolm H. Dearden '38
Hometown:
 Fall River, MA
Sport:
Soccer
Year Inducted:
1983

Malcolm H. Dearden ’38 was the smallest player on Brown’s 1936 and 1937 soccer teams, which out of twenty-one games lost only one. But the 5’5”, 135-pound fullback was, according to his coach and teammates, a giant on the field. He was part of a defense that then-Coach Samuel Fletcher rated “the finest in the country,” wrote Joe Nutter of the Providence Journal in the fall of 1937. “Fletcher picks out Malcolm Dearden as the outstanding star of the team,” the article continued. Dearden “has never missed a Brown soccer game in four years of play and he has been an outstanding man in every game…This Fall River boy has never been off the superb form that has marked him as a super-star. Fletcher rates Dearden the ‘smartest’ man on the team, and cites his great speed, his expert ‘tackling,’ and marvelous anticipation of plays as the stock in trade that carried him to the very top in his sport.” Teammate William Margeson ’37, the first soccer player inducted into the Hall of Fame, insists that “none exceeded little Mal Dearden.” Another Hall of Famer, Walter Jackson ’39, is equally emphatic: “There is no question in my mind that Mal Dearden was the best I ever played with. No one, not anyone, ever got through his side. He was incredibly fast on recovery; an offensive player might get by him, but Mal would always get the ball back or break up the play. He was steady, cool, never a ‘hot-head.’” “Mal could have been a star at any position on the team,” chimes in teammate James Gurll ’38. “He had a strong kick, could dribble with the best, and was very accurate in downfield placement.” Another teammate, Eben S. Church, Jr. ’40, recalls Dearden affectionately as “a little guy – but each leg was as big as his body and he had a heart to match, I think,” Church says, “that the 1936 Brown soccer team was the first one on which halfbacks played an offensive game. It was one of the reasons for our success, and we were able to play an offensive game because there was a little fire hydrant by the name of Dearden in a fullback position.” The small man with the big heart was forced into early retirement in 1967 from his plant manager’s job with General Electric Inc. in Buffalo. He had contracted multiple sclerosis. Dearden and his wife, Edna, retired to Phoenix, New York, where he died in 1982.