Austin O'Malley (author)

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Austin O'Malley
Austin O'Malley (1858-1932) circa 1915 cropped.png
O'Malley circa 1915
Born(1858-10-01)October 1, 1858
DiedFebruary 26, 1932(1932-02-26) (aged 73)
Spouse(s)Aline Demetria Ellis

Austin O'Malley, M.D. (October 1, 1858 - February 26, 1932) was an ophthalmologist and a professor of English literature at University of Notre Dame. He was an author of a book of aphorisms.[1]


He was born on October 1, 1858 in Pittston, Pennsylvania to William O'Malley and Katherine Ward. He had a brother, Dr. Joseph O'Malley.

Austin was a professor of English literature at University of Notre Dame until 1902.[1]

In March 10, 1902 he married Aline Demetria Ellis in Manhattan. She was 20 years younger than him. Shortly after the marriage, she poisoned him with arsenic. After three months she robbed his brother, Joseph O'Malley, and tried to elope with William J. Hearin. He was her same age, and a Cornell University student.[2][3][4]

He died on February 26, 1932 at St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] His papers were archived at University of Notre Dame.[5]


  • Memory is a crazy woman that hoards colored rags and throws away food.[6]
  • A hole is nothing at all, but you can break your neck in it.[6]
  • Those who believe it is all right to tell little white lies soon grow color blind.



  1. ^ a b c "Dr. Austin O'Malley Dies At Age of 73. Philadelphia Oculist Had Been a Professor of Literature, Writer and Lecturer. An Authority On Dante. Was a Pioneer in Arousing Scientific Interest in Diphtheria Anti-Toxin". New York Times. February 26, 1932. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  2. ^ "Hearin's Father and Mother Hear of His Trouble in Philadelphia". Baltimore Morning Herald. July 10, 1902. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  3. ^ "New York Woman Accused By Her Brother-In-Law. Mrs. Ailene O'Malley Charged with Larceny in Philadelphia. Is Said to Have Planned an Elopement". New York Times. July 3, 1902. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  4. ^ "Young Bride Arrested When About To Elope". Philadelphia Record. July 3, 1902. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  5. ^ "Austin O'Malley Papers". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  6. ^ a b Austin O'Malley (1914). Keystones of Thought.

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