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Malcolm Jewell, UK political science professor and author, dies at 81

Malcolm Edwin Jewell, a prominent University of Kentucky political science professor and author, died Feb. 24 at Alzheimer's Resource Center in Plantsville, Conn., after an extended illness. He was 81.

Born in Woonsocket, R.I., Mr. Jewell grew up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He earned degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. He received a doctorate in political science from Penn State.

He served as an intelligence analyst for both the Air Force and the Central Intelligence Agency during the Korean War.

In 1959, Mr. Jewell came to Lexington and began a 35-year tenure at UK.

Mr. Jewell had a firm grasp on the political scene outside the classroom, and his career as a professor flourished because of it, said Bradley Canon, who worked with Mr. Jewell for more than 30 years.

While at UK, Mr. Jewell helped write many books on politics, including The Kentucky Legislature: Two Decades of Change and Political Parties and Elections in American States. He also helped found Legislative Studies Quarterly and was the president of the Midwest Political Science Association, the Southern Political Science Association and the Kentucky Political Science Association.

"He had an intense interest in real politics," said Don Gross, chairman of UK's political science department. "He worked to do the best he could possibly do."

Despite a hectic professional schedule, Mr. Jewell remained family-oriented. According to his son, David Jewell, he took the job at UK to spend more time with his family.

This priority also was evident in his hobbies. Mr. Jewell's daughter Laurie Evans said he enjoyed traveling, sailing and other outdoor activities that involved his family.

Mr. Jewell was a founding member of Trinity Hill United Methodist Church.

Mr. Jewell is survived by his wife, Sarah Morehouse; his children, David Jewell, Marilyn Estes, and Evans; stepsons Rick McCally, John McCally and David Morehouse; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road. A private burial will follow at Lexington Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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