Longtime Adjunct Professor John Malone Dies at 93

“John will be deeply missed, but well remembered, by all that had the good fortune to know him.”

John Malone, a beloved and longtime adjunct professor, died on July 27 in Santa Ana, Calif. of natural causes. He was 93.

Malone’s career at UC Law SF began in 1979 when he joined the faculty as an adjunct. He quickly earned a reputation as a warm and kind colleague and teacher.

John Malone and two others sit on s panel.
John Malone, first from left, moderates the Hastings Business Journal sponsored symposium, “Roles within the Corporation” in 2006.

“I was lucky to be one of John’s students, as well as his office neighbor for a short time,” said Sarah Hooper, adjunct professor and executive director for the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. “He was a kind person with a delightful sense of humor who took genuine interest and care with his students and colleagues. He will be greatly missed.”

Malone was born in Prescott, Arizona on Feb. 8, 1926. He graduated from Loyola Law School in 1952. Prior to embarking on a teaching career, he held positions with the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of the State Bar of California.

Chancellor & Dean David Faigman remembered John fondly. “John was an incredibly important member of the Hastings community, attending virtually every faculty meeting, colloquium, and scholarly presentation over his many years at the school. He taught professional responsibility to generations of students, and, by his character and good acts, he modeled what it meant to be an ethical and caring lawyer for those generations of students.”

Faigman added, “John will be deeply missed, but well remembered, by all that had the good fortune to know him.”

Malone is remembered inside of the classroom for teaching ethics and professional responsibility. But it’s his lessons outside of the classroom on compassion and generosity that will be remembered most.

“John was the kind of person who, when life gave him lemons, not only made lemonade but shared it,” said Marsha Cohen, the Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law. “He was the kind of person who remembered that little kindnesses can make someone’s day.”

He is survived by his four children, John M., Maureen, Margaret and Nora Malone Webber; three grandchildren; and one sister, Joan Gardner.

The family is planning a celebration of life later this year.