In Memory

Mal Schoen

Mallory (Marc) Schoen, 63, of Menlo Park, California, passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, after a tenacious five-year battle against metastatic colon cancer. Born January 22, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York, to Harold and Leona Schoen, Mal was raised, along with his younger siblings Gary and Amy, in New York, Colorado, and California. Mal attended Jordan Junior High and Palo Alto High in Palo Alto, California, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from SUNY at Stony Brook, in New York, in 1976. Until his illness led him to retire several years ago, Mal had been a long-time employee of Stanford University. Mal enjoyed meals out with friends, movies, and shopping for bargains. He was a voracious reader, journal-writer, and gadabout walker. He was long a fixture in his neighborhood, book in hand, as he sought out a quiet, sunny spot in which to read. Mal was predeceased by his father, Harold, and is survived by his mother, Leona, and brother, Gary, both of Portland, OR, and his sister, Amy, of Rohnert Park, CA.

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03/02/18 05:29 PM #1    

Geoffrey Kronick

I didn't recall Mal Schoen from Jordan Jr. High School or Palo Alto Sr. High School in Palo Alto, and he shared that he had changed his first name some years after high school.  I talked with him at the 40th reunion and was impressed with how he shared, without apparent bitterness or intending to alarm anyone, that he had been dealing with serious illness.  Mal's sharing came up in the context of what had former classmates been doing lately, and I recall thinking how courageous and accepting he seemed.  I'm so sorry to learn that his illness ultimately took his life and hope that his last years had joyful and peaceful moments as well as what must have been challenging times. 

Geoffrey M. Kronick (Paly Class of 1973)


03/03/18 07:24 PM #2    

Greg Dolkas

Wow, sorry to hear of Mal's passing.  I never really knew him (knew who he was, but that's about it), which is a shame.  I see now that he was born less than a week before I was, and in the same city clear across the country (though Brooklyn is itself a big place).  It would have been nice to have connected with someone with perhaps a common early history.  Now that is not possible.

Rest in peace, Mal.

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