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Clarence Maloney


Clarence Maloney, age 87, was a caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and an educator. He left this world to rest on August 6th, 2022. Some live a life so rich that summarizing their story is impossible. Clarence was born in New York in 1934, and shortly moved to South India with his parents to pursue Mission work on behalf of the Assembly of God in 1936. He attended Kodaikanal International School from 7th grade, and graduated in 1952. He went on to complete a Master's in Secondary Education from NYU, and a PhD in South Asian Studies from University of Pennsylvania. He published 10 books on anthropological topics of South Asia and had a career as a consultant in international development projects. He loved India, learned to speak Bangla and Tamil fluently, and built a home for his family in Kodaikanal. His childhood in India set the foundations for who he would become as an adult. 


Our father had a long-range view of human society and cared deeply about people and the environment. The last years of his life were dedicated to Kodaikanal and Kodaikanal International School’s Center for Environment and Humanity as an advocate for climate action. The Kodai community will immensely feel his loss. He was energetic, persistent, honest, committed, and curious. Being passionate about his pursuits and interests, he lived each day like he was 35, even until his last day. He was a man of peace and wisdom, and had true dedication to the betterment of the entire planet. As a tireless warrior for the environment we all owe him gratitude.


One of his favorite things to do in Kodaikanal was to host high-teas where he would love to have challenging conversations and express his  insight and interest in people and history. His love for music was evident in his passion for classical music, piano, and church choir. 


Clarence is survived by his wife, Shashi Maloney, brother Bob Edwards, and children Iti, Janak, Jenny, Ankit, Konstantin, Malika, Benedikt, Rani, and Kevin, and grandchildren Connor, Aidan, Felix, Emelie, and Levi. There will be a viewing for those who would like to say their last goodbye on Sunday, August 14th 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Hilton Funeral home in Barnesville, MD.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to One Tree Planted.



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From:  Ron Nunn

Clarence was my first (real) anthropology teacher at Kodaikanal School in 1975. He taught me the value of understanding people at a deeply human level. He pointed out to me that we so often travel and live for years abroad but never fully understand the culture of the people we are with unless we talk to people and ask them questions preferably in their own language. On that class field trip Clarence demonstrated how with anthropological training one could just as easily chart the kinship patterns of the local tribe as could excavate an Iron Age Dolmen that was being destroyed by a road building crew near Munar. I decided that day to become an anthropologist and I have since spent years working in East Africa and now for the last twenty years teaching anthropology at Montgomery College. My heartfelt condolences to all Clarence's many friends and family.

From: Miriam McCreary

 I knew Clarence when we were at Kodai in 1950. We shared a Latin teacher, Mr. Musil. I have kept in touch through the school. When I was in India with three of my children 4 years ago, we were invited to his home for an afternoon tea! He then took us to see Bear Shola, one of my favorite picnic spot memories. Clarence has done so much for Kodai school, recently emphasizing re-cycling. My condolences go to Shashi and the children. He will be missed by many friends!

From:  Narendra Nath Sharma

My heartiest condolences with Shashi and his family.

From:  Jody Ramer Chrastek

I was so sorry to hear of his death, he touched so many lives in so many ways. I know he will be missed by many. Even when we know death is coming it is still a shock. Be gentle with yourselves as you grieve . Grieving is hard work .

From:  Uc Basnayake

My heartiest condolences to his family.

From:  Patricia Gass

Dear Family of Clarence Maloney, Patricia Gass, Sandra Gass and Robert Gass, wife and children of Eric Gass, also class of 1952, received the news of Clarence’s death today, in Jakarta, Indonesia, where we are visiting Robb, who works with UNICEF. We returned last night from a visit to see the Orangutan National Park in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Clarence would have loved the adventure we had for three days. We were saddened to read of Clarence’s death and grateful to be reminded of his many contributions during his life. As Eric Gass’ widow, I’ve known and been in touch with Clarence and his family since 1960, when Eric and I married. Our lives have intersected in so many areas over the years. He has left a strong legacy and we have many good memories of this visionary man. Unfortunately, the Gasses will miss Clarence’s memorial service as we will still be in Indonesia, but we will be present in spirit, remembering Clarence and his family and friends as they celebrate Clarence’s many, many contributions to India, the academic, development and environmental fields, and to Kodai School. May Clarence rest in peace and his family and friends find comfort in a life well lived. The Gass Family

From:  Satheesh Muthu Gopal

Big loss for Palani hills. Whenever I speak to him, he always talk about Climate Change. A true environmentalist and nice human being. Hope we can take it forward his dreams.

From:  Chris Schmitthenner

I was always impressed by Clarence's activism, and particularly with his dedication to Kodaikanal, the school and the town, and the environment even into his last years.

From:  Harveena and Regu

When you think of Clarence you think of a warm gentleman full of energy, enthusiasm, service, compassion to all, concern for current and future generations. We knew a lot about Clarence before but in the past few days we learnt a lot more that astounded us of how much more we did not know about how great he was. We will miss him. Our heartfelt condolences to Shashi and family members. We must draw from his strengths to endure this loss. Clarence had a personal touch and a global reach improving the lives of current and future generations.

From:  Jean Towle Reed

Unfortunately, I never knew Clarence--only admired him and his work from afar. I was three years behind him at Kodai. His commit-ment to the school and its environs endears him to me. Once I attended Camp Kirkenwald in Pennsylvania, driving from my home in Charlotte, NC. There I met Rani, his daughter. I did South and East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, which enabled me to appreciate the range of Clarence's interests, including his anthropological insights. My heart goes out to his family. In sincere sympathy, Jean Towle Reed

From: Elizabeth (Liz) Colton

Sending deep condolences with love and respect to you, dear Shashi, and all your family for dear, distinguished Clarence. He was a special colleague, great South Asian expert, friend and model anthropologist for me knowing him and you in Maldives long ago. I'm very sad to learn this very sad news as he and I had only recently found each other again here on Facebook. Clarence Maloney was a great person, anthropologist, world traveller. He is missed by many of us worldwide. REST IN PEACE, noble Clarence. Sending love and sympathy with great respect always. Please call on me anytime.

From: Sharon Walsh

 My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. It sounds like he had an amazing life. I hope you are able to take comfort that he's resting in peace.

From: Anthony Drexler

Dear Sashi and family. Melodia and I deeply condole with you all. Clarence was our wonderful friend in Bangladesh with whom we shared our lives as expatriates. We have great respect for his intellectual and artistic character. We will miss him. May his memory be for a blessing.

From: Naomi Krause

We knew Clarence as a kind, driven, intelligent man whose live has affected many people and places for the good!! We were privileged to have know him and will miss his presence immensely in Kodai.

From: Jim Hoover

Dear Shashi and Family, My deepest condolences for your loss. Clarence was a good man and he will be deeply missed by all knew him. May God bless your family.

From: William Wiersberg

I was your classmate at Kodai, what fun we had as we grew into young men. You challenged the world and made life easier for so many. As you move on, your memory will remain everlasting.

From: Paulraj and Mrs Gandhipaulraj

Dear Mrs Sashi and all the Family members!!! Our Heartfelt Condolences on the demise of Dr Clarence Maloney. May his Soul Rest in peace with God. Our Prayers and Thoughts are always with you all.!! Paulraj and Mrs Gandhipaulraj family Kodaikanal

From: Abhishek pathania

Please accept my deepest sympathies with the passing of your father. God in his mercy has ended his long suffering and called him home. May God's love and mercy comfort you and your family."

From: Kalyani Gandhi

You were a man of true inspiration and courage Dr Maloney. It wa a privilege meeting and knowing you and sharing some of your work. My condolences to the whole Maloney family.

From: Ini and Bob Beclman

May the work that you began be continued and may you rest in peace.

From: Bob Edwards

Dear Annan, You were one of a kind. I looked up to you as a child; you were and important influence as to what I aspired to become. I stayed with you my Junior year of High School. I followed you to Evangel College in Springfield, Mo, and then followed you to Montclair State in New Jersey, when you found a position there. You were generous in offering me your third floor during college. You were a tough teacher, but we all learned a lot. Thank you for caring for me during those early years. You are always in my heart as my Annan.

From: The Hilton Family

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.