Malcolm Novins

Malcolm S. Novins passed away on February 6, 2014 at age the age of 85. He served a career in the U.S. Agency for International Development and had tours in Ethiopia, Panama, Paraguay, and Egypt during the Camp David Accord implementation. Following his retirement from the State Department, he taught international entrepreneurship at George Mason University. More than any work, however, Mal loved music and his drums and paid for college by being the drummer at the Copacabana Club in New York. While in the Army in Germany he played in “Patton’s Own” 7th Army Band. Everywhere he went around the world he formed a band, playing jazz, country, rock or pretty much anything that had a beat. Mal was a small-town kid from New Jersey who literally dined with Emperors, saved countless lives through running famine relief in Ethiopia, contributed to building peace between Egypt and Israel, traveled and photographed much of the world, and made friends with everyone he met no matter who they were. He is survived by his three children, Jan Moshinsky, Peter Novins, and Scott Novins. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Josh, Grant, Caleb, and Aidan Novins, Rose and Eric Moshinsky and his sister, Judith Brown. Harriett “Dinky” Novins, his wife of 55 years, preceded him in death. As he stated last week, “it’s been a pretty good run”. Still there is a bit less rhythm in the world with his passing. Services will be held privately. Shiva will be observed at the home of his daughter.
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