Jean Malcolm

Date of Birth

August 11th, 1918

Date of Death

November 17th, 2010

Memorial Meeting

La Jolla Friends Meeting


Jean Malcolm died on November 17, 2010, of congestive heart failure in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her son Doug at her side.

Jean was born Jean Plunkett on August 11, 1918, in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She was raised alternately in Emerson, Manitoba, Canada, by her mother, and in Las Vegas, New Mexico, by her grandmother. She received her BA summa cum laude from New Mexico Highlands University in 1938.

She was married to Edgar Douglas Stinson and they had one son, Douglas Gerard Stinson, in 1947. Her second marriage in 1958 to David Malcolm, was under the care of La Jolla Friends Meeting. At that time, she became stepmother to Bonnie Malcolm, Mary (now River) Malcolm, Judy Malcolm, and David Scott Malcolm. Jean worked in the San Diego City Schools as a high school business teacher and later, after completing her master's degree at SDSU, as a guidance counselor. She completed her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1981 from United States International University. She was active in California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Jean loved travel, and hiked in Nepal in her seventies. With the single exception of Antarctica, she traveled to every continent of our world. She valued learning, service, staying active, having fun, and taking terrific care of her appearance throughout her life. She was an active member of San Diego Friends Meeting, where she served as Clerk, as well as Quarterly Meeting, where she served on the Religion and Psychology Committee and the Silent Retreat Committee, and Pacific Yearly Meeting.

Jean lives on in the memories of many Friends, as well as of her son Douglas Gerard Stinson of Oakland, CA; her four stepchildren–Bonnie Malcolm of Culver City, CA, River Malcolm, of Eastsound, WA (member of la Jolla Meeting), Judy Malcolm of Shell Beach, CA (member of San Luis Obispo Meeting), and David Scott Malcolm, of Maplewood, MN; her three grandchildren–Annmarie Dillin of Minneapolis, MN; Elliot Malcolm of  Maplewood, MN; and Josie Angel Malcolm of San Luis Obispo, CA; and her two nieces, Patty Grenier (and her husband George) and Elizabeth Olejar, all of Fountain Hills, AZ.

A memorial for the purpose of honoring Jean’s life was held at La Jolla Friends Meeting on February 12.

From David Barrows, San Diego Monthly Meeting