Dorothy “Ann” Fleet Malin passed away peacefully on December 14, 2013, at her home in Redding, Connecticut after a courageous battle with lung cancer. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she had enormous love for her husband of 56 years, her two sons, their wives, and her four grandchildren.
Ann was born on December 6, 1935 in Greenport, New York, the older daughter of Henry Landon Fleet and Dorothy Cantrell Fleet. She inherited her father’s financial prowess and her mother’s musical and hospitality gifts. A proud graduate of Mattituck High School, and salutatorian of her 32 classmates, she enrolled at Mount Holyoke College, the first from her high school to attend that college in 99 years. She graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke in 1957 with a degree in economics.
She married the love of her life, Clement (Clem) Biddle Malin in Cutchogue, New York and moved to San Antonio where he was serving in the US Army. Over the next 21 years, she moved an additional eight times in support of her husband’s career – Princeton (NJ), New Rochelle (NY), Paris, The Hague, London, Pelham (NY), Falls Church (VA), and finally to Weston (CT) where she and Clem lived for 32 years until their recent move to Redding. She moved willingly and enthusiastically each time, taking houses and turning them into homes. She was a wonderful cook, avid reader, and conversationalist who always made people feel welcome in her home. She was also a skilled pianist, avid gardener, and a loyal University of Connecticut women’s basketball fan. She had tea at the White House, but loved sitting and talking with her family and friends at her kitchen table best.
Ann worked as a bank officer before she became a full-time mother in 1960. She returned to the working world in 1975 when she rediscovered her childhood hobby of philately. She spent the next 19 years working as a stamp describer for several auction houses and founded a company to bring stamps into elementary and secondary schools, combining her love of stamps and children.
In addition to her work, Ann served in various volunteer roles for her college, in leadership roles for the Weston League of Women Voters, and on the boards of the Weston High School Scholarship Committee and the Bridgeport Hydraulic Company. She was a firm believer in women’s education and worked hard to see that talented young people would have the needed funds to attend college.
Survivors include her husband Clement Malin of Redding, CT, her sons Henry (Susan) of Plymouth, MN and Thomas (Valerie) of Westport, CT, her beloved grandchildren Andrew, Patrick, Madison, and Brandon, her sister Sally Boenau (Doug) of Hendersonville, NC, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private burial was held in Ann’s hometown and a celebration of her life will be held in the spring. Donations can made be in her memory to Mount Holyoke College (50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075), the Weston High School Scholarship Committee (P.O. Box 1026, Weston, CT 06883) or a charity of your choosing.