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Charlot D. Malin

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Charlot D. Malin Obituary
May 13, 1968 - March 13, 2017 The sudden loss of San Francisco philanthropist, wife and mother Charlot Diskerud Malin, 48, reverberates from Norway to Sub-Saharan Africa and San Francisco to New York. Her years were far too few, but her impact was substantial. It will be felt for generations to come in arts education and design, as well as in her efforts to improve the lives of others in her community and beyond. Born in Norway, Charlot moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s. In addition to making a mark in the community as a philanthropist and an advocate of the arts, she played a brilliant role as mother to 14-year-old twins Benjamin and Sebastian, as well as wife, best friend, and business partner to Gregory Malin. She was the beloved daughter of Turid and Tore Diskerud and sister of Paal Diskerud. As COO and Director of Design of Troon Pacific, Charlot, with her husband Greg, have developed numerous high-performance, environmentally-sustainable residences in the Bay Area. Together, they began a groundbreaking initiative to infuse wellness into their home designs. Charlot loved the opera, a passion seeded at seven-years-old when her father's aunt and her cousin sang in AIDA at the Oslo Opera. Charlot held a board position and served as president of the San Francisco Opera Guild from 2014-2016. She was involved with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for nearly 20 years as chair of the Curators' Circle and ex-officio Trustee from 2012-2015. Charlot also led the West Coast effort of the Voss Foundation, an organization that brings fresh water and sanitation to Sub-Saharan Africa. In a moving tribute, the San Francisco Zoo, which Charlot enthusiastically supported, recently dedicated its flamingo exhibit to her memory. Charlot passed away on March 13, 2017 in San Francisco. Even on her last day, Charlot was an inspiration. She hosted a luncheon for the Voss Foundation, though her sudden illness did not allow her to attend. As her own breath expired, she was breathing new life into people and projects, helping others to rise and shine. A public celebration of Charlot's life will be held on Wednesday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the "Charlot D. Malin San Francisco Opera Guild Education Fund" or the "Charlot D. Malin Commemorative Fund" at the Voss Foundation.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2017
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