Ramon Boixados Malé, president of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, has died. The foundation’s board of trustees and executive committee confirmed the eighty-nine-year-old’s passing in a statement that was released on Saturday, August 12, which called his death an “irreparable loss.”
Malé joined the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation as president in 1991. He developed the foundation’s reputation as a worldwide referential institution for the management and defense of the legacy of Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. On July 20, in order to comply with a court order, after a woman claiming to be the artist’s daughter won the right to a paternity test, the foundation successfully exhumed Dalí’s body from his crypt below the theater and museum, which he designed, in his hometown of Figueres, Spain.
A successful businessman, Malé was president of Renfe, the national railways of Spain, from 1983 to 1985, and he also served as the head of a variety of companies such as Ibermutuamur; Exel logistics (Iberia) Group, S.L.; and Cálculo y Tratamiento de la Información, S.A. He worked as the general coordinator for the construction of the Olympic Games of Barcelona from 1989 to 1992, and as the managing director of Vila Olímpica, S.A. from 1986 to 1992. He was a trustee of the Olympic Museum of Lausanne and a member of the board of directors at Hewlett Packard Iberia, the Madrid Palace Hotel, Hotel Ritz Madrid, and Fecsa, among other organizations.
Born in Figueres on December 31, 1927, Malé earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona in 1952. From 1973 to 1984, he served as a business professor at the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers of Madrid. He was the recipient of numerous awards including the Great Cross of Alfonso X El Sabio, the Gold Medal of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and la Fulla de Plata from the Figueres Municipality.