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Malcolm Blaine Barnett ’60 was born in San Francisco and raised in the Parkside District, where he attended St. Cecilia’s. He graduated from St. Ignatius in 1956 and attended SCU, where he earned a B.A. in English. Mal met his future wife, Rose, while in high school, eventually marrying her in 1960. She was always the love of his life and best friend, and he will forever be her best friend. It was at St. Cecilia’s, SI, and Santa Clara where he made his lifelong friendships, which carried him through his entire life. He always enjoyed attending events hosted by his classmates. A major source of pride for Mal was being a member of the esteemed SCU Class of 1960, also known as the “greatest class” to ever graduate from the school. Mal was class secretary during his senior year and a natural athlete who enjoyed playing basketball, tennis, and golf with his friends. While a junior at SI, he was proud to have been honored “All City” for his basketball skills. Another highlight was when Mal’s SI senior year championship team was invited to play the Stanford University freshman basketball team—and SI won. Mal was the longtime owner of his family’s printing business, Barnett Printing Company, in San Francisco. He took over for his father in 1960 after his dad’s untimely death at age 49, and Mal ran the business successfully until 2010. That year he was thrilled to celebrate the company’s 100-year anniversary. Mal had many loyal customers and was admired for his self-taught letterpress skills and printing techniques. His old-school customer service and use of vintage typewriters were legendary. In 2004, Mal was proud to be honored with the “Banner of Love Award” for 45 years of dedication and generosity to the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center (formerly the Recreation Center for the Handicapped). In his retirement, Mal enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially loved visits from his three grandchildren. He loved watching sports and old movies on TV and had a great sense of humor. He was proud of his Irish and Jewish heritage, and was a deeply loyal, kind, and humble man. On July 15, 2018, Mal passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after a long struggle with congestive heart failure. He is survived by Rosaleen, his loving and devoted wife, daughters Adrienne (Tim) Jones ’83, Erin (Gus) Galindo, and Jennifer (Mark) Skorlich ’86. He was the adored grandfather to Brendan and Kevin Galindo ’13 and Bridget Skorlich. He is also survived by loving siblings Arlene (Kon) Balin, Julian (Kaye) Barnett, and Patrice “Tici” (Hal) Shafer. Mal was preceded in death by parents Julian “Barney” and Frances Barnett and sister Gayle Macaluso.