As some of you know, my beloved mom-in-law, Carole Malkin, battled late-stage melanoma for the past year. She was a breast cancer survivor, world traveler, novelist, and grandmother of seven who possessed the gentlest of souls and the most valiant of hearts. Today, Carole passed away in her home in Colorado Springs. She leaves behind husband Richard, daughter Karin, son Jesse, and an army of family and friends forever enriched and transformed by her kindness, love, and wisdom. I am infinitely blessed to have been a part of her orbit. R.I.P.
Carole Malkin, an acclaimed author, devoted mother, and doting grandmother of seven, died of metastatic melanoma on September 7 at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was 72 years old.
Mrs. Malkin was born on Jan. 22, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, the second of two children. After her father left the household, Mrs. Malkin was raised by her mother. When her mother died of breast cancer, Mrs. Malkin moved in with an aunt.
Despite her difficult family circumstances, Mrs. Malkin thrived academically, winning a New York Regents scholarship. She matriculated at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, at the age of 16. During her breaks at Antioch, Mrs. Malkin worked as a nurse’s assistant, teaching assistant, and research assistant. In 1960, she married Richard Malkin, who later became the Dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. Mrs. Malkin graduated from Antioch with a degree in sociology in 1962.
Mrs. Malkin lived in Sweden for two years in 1967-68 with her husband and first son, Daniel. During her time there, she became fluent in Swedish. She later traveled to Russia, China, Japan, Israel, and throughout Europe. Her favorite foreign city was London, where she had several close friends.
Her first book, The Journeys of David Toback, was published in 1981 by Shocken Books. In the book, Mrs. Malkin told the story of her grandfather, David Toback, a Jewish immigrant from Russia who had documented his life experiences in diaries. The book was critically acclaimed. Mrs. Malkin later authored two self-published books, The Life and Art of Gary Geckelman and Paper Bridge. She briefly worked as a book reviewer for Newsday.
After living in Berkeley, Calif., for more than 40 years, Dr. and Mrs. Malkin moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2012 to be closer to family. Up until the final weeks of her life, Mrs. Malkin enjoyed hiking, yoga, Scrabble, cooking, and reading.
The Malkins had three children. Her first son, Daniel, died in 1997 of melanoma. Mrs. Malkin is survived by her husband Richard; two children, Karin Blumofe and Jesse Malkin; and her seven grandchildren.