Alvin M. Malkinson

Alvin M. "Al" Malkinson, 71, of Boulder, CO, died August 3, 2012 at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Community United Church, 2650 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder. A reception will follow. Al was born to Irving and Ida Malkinson in Buffalo, NY. He attended the University of Buffalo where he met Ken Pagan who inspired his love of science. Al then earned his Ph.D in Bio-Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. While at Hopkins prior to a showing of "Grand Illusion," he asked a young woman who happened to sit next to him if she would wake him up if he fell asleep, which he might do because he had been up all night doing an experiment. This unusual and effective pick-up line began the relationship many have likened to the one in the movie Annie Hall. Al Malkinson & Lynn Reynolds were married in White Plains, NY, 44 years ago. Upon graduation from Hopkins, Al & Lynn joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Nairobi, Kenya, where their daughter Sabra was born. After working on his Post-Doctorate at the University of Leicester in England, he completed his work at Yale, where son Zak was born. The family moved to Minneapolis in 1974 where he worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. In 1978, they moved to Boulder where he joined the School of Pharmacy faculty at the University of Colorado. During the past 38 years Al conducted lung cancer research, published hundreds of papers, and as a Full Professor taught undergraduate & graduate courses through this spring. In 2004, he won the Shell prize for outstanding research & teaching. Al's scientific mind was balanced by his love of creative writing; from tender and compassionate stories published in The Human Touch to dark-humored short stories, published by New Pulp Press under a pseudonym. Al's insatiable interest in the arts led him to attend concerts, plays, and roughly 150 films every year. His reading tastes ranged from Charles Dickens to Terry Southern and he took equal delight in Brubeck and Brahms. Yet, he was never more proud or happy than when he was with his family. His beloved late brother, Myron, eventually moved to Boulder. Al could kvell for hours about his grandkids Sam, Kate, and Alison, and relished the time he spent with them. But his passion for research and movies paled next to his love for his wife, Lynn. No matter where they were, it was obvious to everyone how much they loved each other. In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, Al is survived by his daughter and son in-laws - Julie and Chris, and wonderful friends. Contributions: The Family Hospice Foundation, 1790 30th Street, Suite 306, Boulder, CO 80301, or The Dairy Center for the Arts (funds will be earmarked for The Boedecker Theater under the Al Malkinson Memorial Fund), 2590 Walnut Street,Boulder, CO 80302. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences at

Published in The Daily Camera from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2012