Malcolm S. Novins


Malcolm S. Novins Obituary
Malcolm S. Novins passed away on February 6, 2014 at the age of 85. During his 20+ year career with the US Department of State/USAID, he served tours in Ethiopia, Panama, Paraguay, and Egypt. Following his retirement from the State Department, he taught international entrepreneurship at George Mason University in Virginia. But more than any job that he ever held, Mal loved music. He worked his way through college playing the drums at the Copacabana Club in New York. Later while in the U.S. Army in Germany, he was a drummer in "Patton's Own" 7th Army Band. All around the world he formed groups that played jazz, country, rock or pretty much anything that had a beat. Mal was a small-town kid from New Jersey who literally dined with Emperors, saved countless lives through running famine relief in Ethiopia, contributed to building peace between Egypt and Israel, traveled and photographed much of the world, and made friends with everyone he met.
Mal is survived by his three children: Jan Moshinsky, Peter Novins, and Scott Novins, six grandchildren: Josh, Grant, Caleb, and Aidan Novins, Rose and Eric Moshinsky, and his sister, Judith Brown. Harriet "Dinky" Novins, his wife of 55 years, preceded him in death.
As he stated during his final week, "it's been a pretty good run" - still there is a bit less rhythm in the world with his passing.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 16, 2014
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