Dr. Malcolm Manley Pendergast, 81, passed away in his home on Friday, August 26th in Dawsonville, GA. Mal was born on August 6, 1941 in Mankato, MN, son of Douglas Roland & Helen (Graif) Pendergast.
Mal grew up in Lake Crystal, MN and was an alumni of Mankato State University. He then joined the Air Force and became a Weather Officer through Texas A&M. After receiving his Masters and PhD from Texas A&M, he served his country as a Captain in the Vietnam War. At Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina he published multiple scientific articles and research papers. His research led him around the country and the world, studying nuclear pollution with numerous national and international high ranking governmental organizations. He loved his research and working with his fellow scientists. Mal was recognized for his leadership in the satellite program, Multi Spectral Thermal Imagery.
Mal loved surfing, water skiing and snow skiing with his children and grandchildren. Many hours were spent at Clarks Hill Lake (now Lake Thurmond) and at Lake Lanier where he finally retired in 2012. He took yearly trips to Park City where he taught his children and grandchildren how to snow ski until he was 72 years old. Mal and Sherry loved theater, music and dancing. They took every opportunity to dance throughout their 46 years together.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at their home in Dawsonville, Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Sherril Pendergast, his brother Dee Pendergast (Mary), his sister Sally Hjelle (Lloyd), four children Douglas Roland Pendergast, Frank Whittle Pendergast (Heather), Dawn Pendergast (Paul Klinger), Julia Pendergast Weart (Adam), and 13 grandchildren.
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