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profiles nancy malcolmNancy Malcolm

The recent death of Nancy Malcolm has reminded us of the full and varied life she enjoyed through to nearly her 80th year. Nancy was US American born and those who met her could not miss the shadow of an American accent. Nancy and husband Bill, an academic in botany, chose to come to New Zealand in 1971. They left behind a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired residence.

She grew up in her home state of Pennsylvania and graduated from university with a degree in art history. Later, she earned a master’s degree in ceramics. In New Zealand, they needed to make their way, and took up farming beef in northern Nelson near Tapawera. In addition, they were professional potters producing stoneware. Later, their pottery methods turned to the precision casting of porcelain with hand painted decoration, an activity that they continued even after retirement. Both the Tapawera house and an earlier home in Mount Street, Nelson, were subject to extensive remodelling from their original ‘handyman’s dream’ condition. In this they were helped by three growing daughters, Susan, Stacey (Mal) and Sabrina. They are scattered around the English speaking world now, but Sabrina is returning to Nelson and has just bought a home here. In the last ten years of her life, Nancy continued to be community active in the Pottery Society and, more recently, SeniorNet Nelson and the University of the Third Age (U3A). Both organisations needed active participation and Nancy rose to this challenge, assisting with both tutoring and administration of the latter. She was a member of the Management Committee of SeniorNet for several years. During the same latter period, Nancy assisted Bill in the publication of beautifully illustrated books on mosses and lichens, small low growing organisms often pass unnoticed. Nancy was never far from a camera in these years. This is the Nancy that many of us were privileged to know. She was still tackling computer skills up to the end.