Andrew Malekoff

May 14, 1951 – March 28, 2024



Date: March 31, 2024

Time: 1:00 PM


Beth Moses Jewish Cemetery: 1500 Wellwood Ave, West Babylon, NY 11704


Shiva will be observed at the Malekoff residence, 9 Kirkwood Street, Long Beach NY 11561, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12-7 PM each day.



Donations may be made to North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, Roslyn NY




Andrew Malekoff (1951–2024) was born in Newark, New Jersey. His parents, Evelyn and Isadore Malekoff, moved the family to Maplewood, New Jersey, where Andy attended Columbia High School. Following in his father’s footsteps, he was an outstanding student-athlete, receiving the Athlete of the Year Award from Columbia High School and being inducted into the Columbia HS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020.

A 1973 graduate of Rutgers University, Malekoff majored in economics and served as a big brother for Rutgers Community Action. Continuing his athletic career as a linebacker and defensive captain of the 1972 RU football team, he also competed in wrestling, lacrosse, and rugby. Andy was also a valued brother in the Delta Upsilon fraternity while at Rutgers.

After graduating, he applied to VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and was accepted to serve in Grand Island, Nebraska, a low-income Mexican American community. He received his Master of Social Work (MSW) at Adelphi University in 1978, where he also interned at the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center.

For almost forty years, Andrew Malekoff, MSW, LCSW, CASAC, served the clients of the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, the leading children’s mental health agency on Long Island. He worked tirelessly for children suffering from depression, anxiety, abuse, bullying, suicidal ideation, drug addiction, and other crises. A hands-on activist, Malekoff often testified at county and state legislative hearings, bringing the need for support for mental health organizations to the attention of government leaders. Malekoff received numerous awards and accolades for his leadership in human services, including the NY State Social Work Education Association Social Work Practitioner of the Year award.

A prolific writer and editor, Andrew Malekoff served as an adjunct professor at Adelphi and New York University’s Schools of Social Work and on the board of the International Association for Social Work with Groups. For over 25 years, he led Social Work with Groups: A Journal of Community and Clinical Practice as Editor-in-Chief. His acclaimed book, Group Work with Adolescents: Principles and Practice, remains a top choice for the Behavioral Science Book Club, now in its 3rd edition.

Beyond academia, Malekoff was a fixture in public discourse. He penned hundreds of opinion pieces and letters for prestigious publications like The New York Times, Washington Post, Albany Times Union, Newsday, and Blank Slate Media. His impactful writing garnered recognition, including the David Award, the NY Press Association Journalism Award, and the Blank Slate Media Folio Award.

Andrew was known for a remarkable blend of qualities: humility, patience, intellect, empathy, and a passion for political activism. He had a relentless appetite for cutting jokes and merciless humor but was happiest navigating the Long Beach boardwalk in the early morning. He is survived by his wife, Dale, a former high school art teacher; his two sons, Jamie and Darren; his daughter-in-law, Annalisa; his brother, Robert; and his

sister-in-law, Lisa. Andy passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, in his final days. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

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Martin R Benante
2 months ago

Andy was a great fraternity brother, friend and fellow football player. Andy was the linebacker on my side of the line. He was a very intense and passionate leader.

Anne Jones
2 months ago

Andy was such a lovely man in so many ways. He really did make the world a better place.

Nellie Walthrust
2 months ago

Andy will truly be missed. He was a superior boss, a great friend and a wonderful person.

Ilene Nathanson
2 months ago

I worked with Andy on a project not too long ago and got an opportunity to see what a great influence he was for “the good.” I am so sorry for your loss and for the loss to his community. He seemed to me to be a very unique individual with the type of calling that few experience and respond to in such a generous and powerful way. He made his influence felt to the betterment of humanity.

Zaza Sakhat
2 months ago

My condolences to his family and loved ones! Andy was a mentor, a colleague, a fellow social worker, a fellow child’s rights activist, and just a superb human being. His books and articles on adolescence and group work, as well as child mental health, have been my bibles throughout my career. After having studied his research and writings in graduate school at BU SSW since 20 years ago (class of 2004), and having seen him speak at conferences as it was often the draw for me to attend, I then had the wonderful privilege of meeting him in person back in 2015 at the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) Symposium at Chapel Hill, North Carolina SSW. This time, he was attending my presentation, and I remember when I saw him in the audience, I couldn’t believe my eyes. After my talk, he came to me, introduced himself, and asked to mentor me in publishing. It was a dream come true, and a priceless opportunity I couldn’t refuse. Over the following couple of years, I went on to write a review for an eating disorders book as well as my own essay on my teen girls group. He then fell ill, and while he continued to do the wonderful work that he was so passionate about, he had to take some things off his plate. We stayed in touch via email and social media. He continuously encouraged me to write about my work and to publish, which have been goals of mine. He was an inspiration, and I feel so fortunate to have known him and his beautiful legacy that he leaves behind. With gratitude and much love, May his Memory be Eternal Always!

susan ciardiello-thompson
2 months ago

Andy, was a group work giant, a humble mentor, with a quiet grace that was always calming to be around.  His work on group work with adolescents inspired and shaped my work and I remember always feeling so honored by his presence at my IASWG presentations.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  He made such a mark in the world with his great care for those in need of empathy, support, guidance, and encouragement.  His life is an inspiration to us all.  

Jana Jagendorf
2 months ago

I was so very saddened to hear about Andy. I was Roselle Kurland’s student, and she introduced me to Andy. Andy then hired me to work at a pilot program at BOCES High School. He asked if I would be interested in writing an article with him. What an honor!! We presented our article at the AASWG in Denver. We shared our love for Roselle Kurland, for Group Work, and for all the dear young people we worked with. The world lost an extraordinary man. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Thank you Andy for so very very much.

Carol Kuechler
2 months ago

For all the qualities and reasons noted in his obituary, I valued and cherished my time and work with Andy. Much of our correspondence revolved around his work as Editor of the Group Work Journal. As reviewer I valued his perspective, particularly when we needed to craft a “no” to a submission. Care and professional development were key to that process, an approach I valued as a fellow educator. Seeing Andy in person at Group Work Symposia was a joy. I’ll miss his keen insights and “impactful writing”.

Jana Jagendorf
2 months ago

I am so very saddened to hear about Andy. I was introduce to Andy at a AASWG symposium by my beloved teacher and Andy’s beloved friend Roselle Kurland. When I graduated, Andy hired me to work at his pilot program at BOCES H.S. Andy was so dedicated ,so knowledgeable, and so wonderful as a Supervisor. And then Andy asked if I would like to co write an article with him. His generosity, lack of ego, intelligence, humor, and dedication to the children, his staff, and groupwork was powerful. I will treasure my time with Andy, and will always be so grateful that I had the great privvilege of working with him. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. He was unforgettable. Jana Jagendorf

Ann Bergart
2 months ago

My deepest condolences to Andy’s wife and family.
I was privileged to have several opportunities to benefit from Andy’s talent and wisdom as writer and editor in several writing projects. Always a very generous and encouraging mentor, and supportive of new ideas, he had a rare blend of brilliance and humility that embodied the essence of social work values. Though ill for some years, he continued to contribute mightily to our field with courage and devotion. He will be remembered with immense gratitude and respect.

Susan Escobar Comandari
2 months ago

I was very sad to hear about Andy’s passing. I met Andy nearly 30 years ago as a teenager when he worked with youth in Westbury. We later became colleagues and he was always on the sidelines supporting our work at The Place. He was a great human being who always showed compassion for the communities he worked with. My condolences to his family. This is a huge loss and he will be missed by many.

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Frank Bartolomeo
2 months ago

My condolences to the Malekoff family. I knew Andy professionally and vividly remember the first journal article I read as an MSW student in 1987; “Socializing Preadolescents into the Group Culture.” I admired him as a social worker, especially as a social group worker, as as the editor of the Journal of Social Work with Groups. I always appreciated when Andy would ask me to review a new text book. What I carry with me is Andy’s authenticity as a human being and as a professional. He loved working with adolescents and he inspired generations of group workers. What a beautiful soul. I and so many others will cherish our memories of him.

Eric Lentz
1 month ago

Andy and I met in 1966, we played football and wrestled in high school

He was a superb athlete and scholar. We stayed in touch after college and at reunions.

The CHS class of ‘69 lost one of its best members,

My condolences to the family. When I heard the news, I shed much tears