Dr. James Elder Malcolm, DDS, passed peacefully on his 87th birthday, Jan. 31, 2012. Son of Rev. William John and Nell (Elder) Malcolm, Jim was born in Beaver Dam, Wis. in 1925. Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann (Hartley) Malcolm; children, Dr. James R. (Diana) Malcolm of Marietta, Ga., Kathryn (Leo) McDonough-Lemery of Brighton, Beth (Craig) Hagen of Brighton, Bruce H. Malcolm (deceased) and Anita (Mark) Visalli of Paoli, Pa.; siblings, Elizabeth (Paul) Ditto, W. Fraser (Elizabeth) Malcolm, Ruth (Kenneth) Brown, Barbara (Paul) French (all deceased); 11 grandchildren, Jimi, Jenny, John Malcolm; Andy (deceased), Ben, Molly, Mike McDonough; Chris, Matt Hagen; Mark, Corey Visalli; and five great-grandchildren: Astrid McDonough; Josh, Aubrie Poloni; Keegan, Ronan McDonough.
Jim graduated from Three Rivers High School ’42 and attended Alma College for one year then joined the US Navy. He spent three years in the Navy as a pilot, flying his first mission on VJ Day. Jim married Ann Hartley on Aug. 6, 1950 and completed Indiana University Dental School graduating in ‘51. Then he continued his Navy career for two more years during the Korean War as a dentist. He practiced dentistry in Three Rivers for 33 years. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church, Boy Scout Leader, Rotary, Jaycees, Camp Wakeshma Board of Directors and Corey Lake Yacht Club. After retiring in 1985, Jim and Ann moved to Sarasota, Fla. and enjoyed many active years. He sailed on the Gulf of Mexico, attended St. Andrew’s Society, Sunshine Antique Car Club and Golden Pelican Squadron functions, playing Euchre and more. Jim and Ann have been active Scottish Country Dancers and International Folk Dancers for years. Jim’s passion during retirement was to carve. He was a volunteer woodcarver at Ringling Circus Museum for over 25 years, and enjoyed being with his family and friends throughout his life.
Memorial services will be held at a later date: one in Three Rivers and one in Sarasota, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking memorials be sent to Boy Scouts of America or to Boy Scout Troop 444 — High Adventure Trip Fund c/o Steve Denton, Treasurer, 1924 Rollingwoods Way, Marietta, GA 30064 or to Ringling Circus Museum — Woodcarvers, http://www.ringling.org/CircusMuseums.aspx, 5401 Bay Shore Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243, please designate woodcarvers.