Dr. James Royal Malm died peacefully at the Warner Center for Caring on Sept. 21. He was 94.

Dr. Malm was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Evanston, Ill., where he met his future wife of 69 years Constance Brooks in the second grade. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and entered the pre-med V12 program. He was a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He remained at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center where as the chief of cardiothoracic surgery he transformed the program of both adult and pediatric cardiac surgery into one of the foremost treatment and training programs in the world. His legacy of the thousands of children’s lives he touched through his career lives on in the Babies Heart Fund at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

In 1991 Jim and Connie retired to Martha’s Vineyard where they had honeymooned in 1950 and returned for many happy summers with their family. In retirement he pursued his hobbies of trap and skeet shooting, decoy carving, tennis, and saltwater fly fishing from his boat the Tetrad with the same energy and enthusiasm he brought to his professional career and family life.

In 2003 the Malms made Amelia Island their home where they continued to enjoy life by the Atlantic Ocean. There he took up golf at the age of 80. He continued to enjoy playing twice week and finally made the goal of shooting his age.

His wit, wisdom and great love of life will be missed by many, but especially by his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife; and four daughters, Betsy M. Holdsworth, Melissa Malm, Karen Malm and Sarah Malm; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at The Amelia Plantation Chapel on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. followed by a reception at The Long Point Gold Club.

Donations can be made to The Babies Heart Fund, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, c/o Sarah Hansen, 516 W 168th St., NY, NY 10032.

Online condolences can be made at www.oxleyheard.com.