Leonard Malone, husband of the late Colleen Keefe Malone, (from left) stands with UPEI president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz; Colleen's brother Dr. Greg Keefe; and her sister Marion (Keefe) Clorey, in the new Colleen Keefe Malone Terrace at UPEI.
CHARLOTTETOWN – The University of Prince Edward Island has officially named a new terrace located adjacent to Don and Marion McDougall Hall, the Colleen Keefe Malone Terrace, in memory of UPEI alumna, Colleen Keefe Malone. The naming took place earlier this week at an event where a memorial and stonework were also unveiled.
Born and raised in Kinkora, Keefe Malone was the first female to graduate with a Bachelor of Business degree from UPEI in 1971. She then went on to a noteworthy career in human resources, serving as a director for the P.E.I. Civil Service Commission for many years. She and her eight siblings all attended UPEI, each becoming impactful community leaders in their professions.
In 2011, the Keefe and Malone families were deeply saddened to lose Colleen to illness at the age of 61. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, and friend.
UPEI president and vice-chancellor, Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, said the university is proud to officially name the terrace in honour of Colleen Keefe Malone, who is especially remembered by her husband Leonard Malone and their two children, Leslie and Jason.
"Colleen provided inspiration to family, friends, and colleagues," says Dr. Greg Keefe, a brother and professor of Veterinary Medicine at the university. "In addition to her exceptional professional contribution to human resource management, she was a constant support to her immediate and extended family. She was our core: encouraging each of us, celebrating our successes, and sustaining us through challenges."
In her memory, the Keefe family with Colleen's husband Leonard made a leadership gift commitment in the amount of $104,000 to UPEI. This leadership gift supports the Colleen Keefe Malone Memorial Scholarship. The annual award recognizes a business student who is in good academic standing and who intends to pursue a career in human resource management.
"On behalf of UPEI, I sincerely thank the Keefe and Malone families for memorializing Colleen through the Colleen Keefe Malone Memorial Scholarship," said Abd-El-Aziz. "This, along with naming of the terrace, is a very fitting tribute to a great woman who impacted the lives of so many. Her legacy will now benefit the lives of UPEI students into the future."