OBITUARY

Michele Malamud Kahn

July 30, 1969May 21, 2019
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Michele Malamud Kahn died on May 21st, 2019 after 15 years of dealing with low-grade ovarian cancer. Surrounded by her family and friends that loved her. She is survived by her two dads, Herbert and Maurice Malamud (brothers, not partners); brothers David and Jan Malamud and her sister, Muriel Malamud; sister in law and niece, Julie and Ellie Malamud; nephew Eitan Malamud; aunt Dianne Ball and family; aunt Judy Mumphrey and family; uncle Todd Thomas and family.

Michele was born in Metairie, Louisiana on July 30, 1969 but grew up in Guatemala City, Guatemala until her graduation from high school. After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in 2002, she moved to Houston to begin her work as a professor. She was an Associate Professor of the Studies in Language and Culture department in the College of Education at the University of Houston- Clear Lake since 2004. There she taught courses on equity, diversity, communication and language, as well as guided students through their dissertations. Michele was passionate about teaching and social justice. She was Secretary General for the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and Associate Editor for the Intercultural Education journal. In addition, she was also Secretary General for the World Coalition for Equity and Diversity in Education (WCEDE). She loved going to conferences out of the country...

Michele loved animals, traveling, Greece, reading and was always up for an adventure. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was especially close to her niece Ellie and loved being an ‘Auntie’ as Ellie called her. In the summers, you might find her on a Greek Island and/or Israel. Novembers were always for Thanksgiving in Mississippi, her favorite holiday. She leaves a massive crater in our hearts and the world is a little darker without her. We are all better for knowing her and being lucky enough to have her in our lives as long as we did. She was the best sister in the world. We love you forever.

Memorial Services will be held at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home located at 4525 Bissonnet St, Bellaire, TX 77401, at 3 pm on Friday, May 24, 2019. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to no-kill animal shelters be made in Michele’s name.

https://www.houstonpetsalive.org/ http://www.friends4life.org/ https://specialpalsshelter.org/ https://www.saverescue.org/

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, May 24, 2019

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Leo Chan

June 3, 2019

Michele was a wonderful, sweet, confident, intelligent, caring, loving, warm, fun and beautiful individual. It was my honor that I got to get to know her.

My sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.

Esperanza Oduola

May 24, 2019

Dr. Kahn was my ESL professor, she had such a passion for social justice which was out of the norm for this type of class. She was also very down to earth. I will never forget her.

Delia Lewis

May 24, 2019

Michele and I met at USM as undergrads, and remained steadfast friends ever since. Michele was beautiful inside and out, empathetic, intelligent, generous, compassionate, and she had the heart of a lion. She shone and sparkled. Michele taught me to be more open-minded, take chances, share my feelings, honor my own worth, and be fierce. I am extremely grateful that I knew her, and thankful for the memories of our trip to Greece in 2012 (where this photo was taken). I am so very sad, but glad that now she is free from pain and illness. I will always remember her as lovely, vibrant, and smiling. The hole in my heart is huge. I love you, chica. Thank you for 30 years of friendship and a lifetime of memories. ❤️

Susan Lucas

May 24, 2019

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May 24, 2019

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May 24, 2019

Dana Key

May 24, 2019

Michele came into my life 22 years ago when we both were at the University of Alabama working on our Doctorate. We became fast friends, best friends, and have stayed close even though she moved to a wonderful opportunity in Houston! If I could pick my family, she would have been my sister! We had so many good times and yes, there were some bad/sad times, but we were always there for each other. We could talk for hours and never tire of each other's laughter and company. She visited me, I visited her, she witnessed my life for 22 years, and that has left a huge chunk of my heart lost when we lost her! I knew this day was coming, and I dreaded it so! I knew it would hurt, but I had no idea how much. She was a beautiful lady inside and outside; she had a grace and goodness that is hard to find in people. She loved her family dearly, and Julie and David - - - you can never know how much she loved and appreciated you! She adored Ellie. She loved everyone. She was a fighter, a warrior, and she endured so much pain and suffering! There is no suffering in Heaven; there is no fear, no treatments, and no pain. She is whole, healthy, and happy again, and with her grandmother and mother she will watch over her family and friends. Life will go on, but without you, Michele, it will never, ever be the same. Thank you for the gift of your love and friendship! You meant the world to me, and I will always love you!

Barbara Hales

May 23, 2019

Words to describe Michele:

caring, empathetic, nurturing, giving, selfless, generous, loyal, curious, intelligent, global, advocate for social justice.

Michele cared about her family, friends and the world around her. She sought justice for animals, humans, and the planet.

Michele was my soulmate-- I will miss her terribly.

Juan Pablo Pira

May 23, 2019

Juan Pablo Pira

May 23, 2019

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