Sister Ellen Joan Malone, who taught science in Oahu Catholic schools for 20 years, died Jan. 1 in St. Paul, Minn. at the age of 86.
ELLEN JOAN MALONE / 1915-2002
Science teacher helped
shape hands-on curriculum
Caroline Wilson Tollefson / 1953-2002
By Mary Adamski
Malone participated in a University of Hawaii pilot project that developed the FAST Science Program, a hands-on curriculum used in schools throughout the state.
"In working with the FAST program, she developed a specialty in Hawaiian water systems," said Sister Sara Sanders.
When she returned to the mainland, Malone was a resource for science teachers on the subject, particularly about how a freshwater source that supplies millions of people annually exists in islands surrounded by salt water, Sanders said.
Malone was an officer and active member of the Hawaii Science Teachers Association and worked in school, regional and state science fairs.
She taught at St. Theresa School, Holy Trinity School and St. Anthony School in Kailua, where she inaugurated the parish computer bookkeeping system.
She retired in 1991 to the Minnesota retirement center of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the religious order to which she belonged for 67 years.
"Sister Ellen Joan was known for her wonderful hospitality. She delighted in taking mainland visitors snorkeling at Hanauma Bay," Sanders said.
She taught many visitors and local friends and students to make colorful fish mobiles.
Another creative skill that members of her religious community remember was Ma-lone's activity as baker of bread and cinnamon rolls, Sanders said.
Services were in Minnesota. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 5311 Apo Drive, Honolulu, HI 96821-1829.