I had the privilege of working with John Malcolm Jr. since the early 1980's when I transferred into the State Fire Marshal/Mass State Police Arson/Bomb Unit. Over the years we worked together on dozens of fire scenes in New England and also on the Board of Directors of the Mass Chapter, International Association of Arson Investigators. He was incredibly skilled in electrical codes and identifying or ruling out electrical causation. Very, very few electrical engineers functioned at his level.
The Mass Chapter IAAI, thanks to his inspired leadership, grew from a handful of members from the Boston area to over 400 members statewide. The training provided by the Mass IAAI focused on critical skill training and ended up attracting fire investigators from other states in addition to large audiences of Massachusetts fire, police and private sector personnel.
Over the years we became good friends. For years before his passing I regularly made the pilgrimage from Western Mass to the Longhorn Steak House in Lynnfield to enjoy a 'cattleman's cut' T-Bone steak with John. He was a man of strong constitution who, in his eighties, would never leave anything on his plate. A private pilot & skilled equestrian he was truly a Renaissance man.
I enjoyed his company immensely as did anyone who joined us. I felt privileged to call him 'Friend' for almost forty years.
Robert A. Corry
Detective Lieutenant (retired)
Mass State Police
Commanding, SFM Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit