Former San Francisco Opera Guild President Charlot D. Malin Passes Away

Release date: 3/20/2017    


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San Francisco Opera Guild is saddened to share the news of the unexpected passing of Charlot D. Malin, President of the Opera Guild from 2014 to 2016. Charlot was a dedicated supporter of San Francisco Opera since 1994 and a member of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Opera Guild since 2005. She was passionate about music education and served in numerous leadership positions on the Guild board in support of the Guild’s education programs that reach over 50,000 students each year.

Charlot was born in Norway and saw her first opera, Aida, at the age of 7, where she fell in love with the art form. It was particularly meaningful for her to co-chair the Opera Ball that celebrated the opening night of Aida in 2010. Her co-chair, Mary Poland said “I was so fortunate to work with Charlot to create one of the most memorable Opera Balls I have ever been to. Her guiding vision and elegant design sense transformed City Hall into a stage right out of Egypt. I enjoyed the experience of working with her and forging an enduring close relationship.”

San Francisco Opera Guild President Jane Mudge said: “Charlot was an incredible champion of our Guild Education programs, tireless fundraiser, fearless leader, and devoted mother and wife. We will each miss the grace and goodness that she brought to the Guild and to our larger community. In order to honor her memory, the Guild has established an education fund in Charlot’s name.”

Past Guild President, Karen Kubin said: “I knew when I passed the baton to Charlot that the Opera Guild was in good hands and its future was secure. Charlot was an exceptional leader – strong, funny, elegant and unflappable – and she was passionate about San Francisco Opera and the Guild. She leaves a hole in our heart that will never be filled.”

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock said: “It was a great privilege for me to know Charlot. In everything she did she made the world a better place and her selflessness and kindness will resonate long into the future. She will be deeply missed by us all.” 

Charlot Malin was Chief Operating Officer and Director of Design of Troon Pacific, a residential developer known for its efforts in sustainable design. She was an accomplished designer known for her originality and creativity and her interior design projects include LEED Platinum luxury residences, wineries in the Napa/Sonoma area, the 464 Prospect Luxury Development in La Jolla and George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch Sound Studios. In addition to her work with San Francisco Opera Guild, she was also Chairman of SFMOMA’s Artist Circle and was on the board of the Voss Foundation, The American Norwegian Cultural Foundation and the Norway House Foundation. Charlot is survived by her husband, Greg, their twin sons Benjamin and Sebastian, as well as her parents, Turid and Tore Diskerud, brother Paal and nephew Mikkel.

The City and County of San Francisco designated “Charlot Malin Day” on November 8, 2016, to honor Charlot’s professional experience, collaborative spirit and leadership skills with regional non-profits.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the “Charlot D. Malin San Francisco Opera Guild Education Fund” or the “Charlot D. Malin Commemorative Fund” at the Voss Foundation:

San Francisco Opera Guild: 301 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Voss Foundation:­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.