Malcolm Edwin "Mac" Jewell, 82, of Fairfield, formerly of Lexington, Ky., died Feb. 24, 2010, at Alzheimer's Resource Center in Plantsville, after an extended illness.

Born March 4, 1928, in Woonsocket, R.I., as the only child of the late Charles Henry Jewell and Margaret Aimee Ballard Jewell, he grew up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and excelled in school in preparation for his future academic career.

He married Margaret Ann "Margie" Neal on Dec. 24, 1952, in Greencastle, Ind., with whom he had three children. After Margie's death, he married Sarah McCally Morehouse on Dec. 28, 1991, in Fairfield.

Jewell completed degree work at Harvard University, Columbia University and Penn State University, which culminated in a Ph.D degree in political science. During the Korean War era, he served as an intelligence analyst in Washington, D.C., first as a member of the U.S. Air Force and later for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

In 1958, he then moved to Lexington, Ky., and had a distinguished 34-year tenure as a professor of political science at the University of Kentucky, where he assumed various university and professional leadership roles, and received numerous awards for his contributions to the profession.

Jewell was a founding member of Trinity Hill United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky., and later an active member of First Church Congregational in Fairfield.

In addition to his wife, Sarah, he is survived by his children, David (Karen) Jewell of Lexington, Ky., Marilyn (Phil) Estes of Wilmore, Ky., Laura (David) Evans of Lexington, Ky.; his stepsons, Rick (Diane) McCally of Providence, R.I., John (Cheryl) McCally Westport, and David Morehouse of Columbus, Ohio; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Calling hours took place March 1 at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A funeral, officiated by Rev. David Spollett and Rev. Jennifer Habetz, took place March 2 at First Church Congregational, Fairfield. A private graveside service was held at Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky. The family wishes to thank Jewell's friends and colleagues, as well as the staff at Alzheimer's Resource Center (ARC) of Connecticut for all of their love, care, concern and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Copnnecticut Chapter, 279 New Britain Road, Kensington, CT 06037.

To sign an online guest register, visit