SANTA MONICA—Edward Malphus, a well-known pediatrician from Santa Monica, died last week at the age 64. He had been battling cancer for over a year.

Malphus was born on September 19, 1950 in Miami, Florida. His parents are Roy and Hilda Malphus, who own air conditioning and refrigeration businesses.

He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014. This did not impede him from continuing to work with clients, up until six weeks ago when his health had deteriorated too much to be able to work. The Santa Monica Daily Press reported that his clients came from different backgrounds and economic status, and that the pediatrician was “beloved.”

In 2011, he spent a month in Cameroon treating patients with malaria, HIV, malnutrition and other infections. The Mission Doctors Association honored him for his leadership and service in 2013. Edward Malphus was a devoted Catholic, a gardener, and a swimmer who competed in distance swims worldwide.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Lou, his mother, Hilda, and his brothers Bill and Bob. On Tuesday, August 11, a funeral mass was held in Malphus’ honor at the St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica at 1:30 p.m.