Lee Anne McGonagle Malott

May 28, 1939October 15, 2011

Lee Anne McGonagle Malott, 72, died on October 15, 2011 in Seattle, as a result of complications of cancer. She was born May 28, 1939, in Duluth, Minnesota, and moved to Washington at the age of 2. As a young girl she was active in the Girl Scouts of America and Job's Daughters International. In Seattle, Lee Anne attended Lake City Elementary, Jane Adams Junior High, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1957. She then graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's of Science in Microbiology in 1961, and later received a Masters Decree in Public Health Administration from the University of Michigan in 1968. Lee Anne returned to the University of Washington and worked in the Department of Laboratory Medicine for 30 years, retiring as an Associate Professor of Medicine in 1999. She was a recognized leader and mentor in her field of medicine.

Lee Anne remained active in her college sorority, Kappa Delta, and served as Board Chairperson. Her hobbies over the years included snow skiing, scuba diving, boating, bird watching, knitting, sewing, cooking, and entertaining. She married Dr. Ralph Malott, M.D., a widower, in 1978, and was a devoted mother to his three children. Lee Anne and her husband enjoyed traveling and visited China on repeated occasions, as well as Europe and Africa. They had a special vacation home on the Oregon coast, which was a frequent retreat for friends and family. Lee Anne was a very organized and extremely talented person in many disciplines, including her profession, homemaking, and handcrafts. Many friends and family members were recipients of her special gifts. It seemed that she hardly wasted a minute.

She was pre-deceased by her parents, Elizabeth Willox and Lee S. McGonagle; and her step-son, Ray Malott and she is survived by her devoted husband of 33 years, Dr. Ralph Malott; step-children, Lisa Douglass and Steve Malott; grandchildren, Jake Douglass, Pauline Douglass, and Kenneth Malott; brother, William S. McGonagle; and step-brother, Darwin Taylor, together with many cousins. A memorial service is planned at Christ Episcopal Church at 4548 Brooklyn Avenue, in the University District in Seattle, on Friday, November 4th at 3PM.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the McGonagle Malott Endowed Scholarship Fund. Gifts may be mailed to: UW Medicine Advancement Attn: Gift Processing Box 358045 Seattle, WA 98195 Checks should be made payable to the “UW Foundation.” Please indicate that it is for the McGonagle Malott Endowed Scholarship Fund on the check. Gifts may also be made online at, using the search keyword “MALOTT”

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Arrangements under the direction of Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Seattle, Washington.


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 4, 2011

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November 18, 2011

My sympathy on the loss of Lee Anne. I knew her primarily through my relationship with her step-mother, my Aunt Francie. So often when I visited Francie, she would catch me up on Lee Anne's busy life. We marveled often at her creativity and talents. I was glad to attend her lovely memorial; my husband Tracy and I represented the Anderson family, as my sister Laura and her husband Steve were in Mazatlan at that time, and my father, Will, iwas and is in Florida for the winter season. I spoke to my brother, Ted last weekend and he expressed his sorrow at her death.Lee Anne was a person my mother, Mavis, always liked very much. I remember Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at our home in Seward Park when I was young. We always enjoyed it when the McGonagles joined us. I recall her special cranberry/orange relishes and her help playing Christmas carols on the piano, when I had too much stage fright to play for an audience! She was a wonderful person who impacted so many. My last correspondence with her was a card thanking me for my help with Francie, but indeed, her help and support was appreciated even more. Prayers and blessings to her family. Love, Martha Smith

Muriel Quick

November 15, 2011

I will miss Lee Anne's vibrant spirit. She has been a warm friend for decades.

John Quick

November 15, 2011

My association with Lee Anne in Laboratory Medicine spanned two and one-half decades. She was my professor, associate lab director, mentor, colleague, and friend. Most importunately, She sparked my affinity for Clinical Microbiology. When I needed direction in my life, that inspiration led to my career path. I will be always eternally grateful for her guidance. She will be missed. My condolences to Ralph and family.

Linda Breiwick

November 11, 2011

I will miss my dear friend...the world has lost a truly caring and creative person. We shared so much together: birding, gardening, great food and wine, interesting conversations, intertwined friends, discussions about laboratory students....She and Ralph were perfect together.....we all love you Ralph and are thinking of the family at this difficult time.

Maxfield McKenzie

November 5, 2011

We worked with Lee Anne on the Kappa Delta House in Seattle.
She was great to work with and as sharp as a tack with her wit and business savvy. We will miss her.

November 4, 2011

Bill & Sarah, Ross sent this along and we are praying for your comfort in the loss of your Sister. Love to you all, Hank & Sharon

Lillian McLitus

November 4, 2011

My deepest sympathies to the family. I was fortunate enough to have had Lee Anne as one of my microbiology professors. Her knowledge and enthusiam for microbiology still impress upon me to this day. Thank you Lee Anne.

Lillian E. McLitus
BS Microbiology UW'88

November 2, 2011

My heartflet condolences to Ralph and all Lee Anne's family. Lee Anne was a true asset to the Department of Laboratory Medicine and the field of medical technology. She will be missed.
Linda Johnson
Kirkland, WA

Kay Ditzenberger

October 31, 2011

Lee Anne was one of the first people I met in the Microbiology Department at the University of Washington in 1997. She had a warmth, kindness and full-bodied sparkle that was unsurpassed. She was positive, fun and bright. She immediately made me feel as if we'd known each other for years! I will always remember the way she shared her deep love for her family, the beach house and her students. She was quick to share her varietal love and tingling passion of all of life's options and opportunities such as the best way to mix olive oil, red wine vinegar and garlic for a killer dipping sauce, or her best way to wear her big purple and red hat with flair or quick lunches with old friends for the simple joy of being together. Enjoy heaven Lee Anne! You will be missed. You were an inspiring one-of-a-kind gal!

Caroline Anderson

October 31, 2011

Lee Anne inspired me through her devotion to her family, friends and profession. She was truly dedicated to the Medical Technology program and the Department of Laboratory Medicine--her students and colleagues benefitted from this commitment. She was also fun-loving and always interested in learning something new. I will miss her greatly and send my condolences to her husband and her extended family. Caroline Anderson