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June10, 2009

Vol. 109, No. 15


Thomas Elliott Allen ’44

Published in the June10, 2009, issue

Tom died Jan. 5, 2009, in his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 86.

Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, he prepped at Elgin (Ill.) Academy. At Princeton, he majored in chemistry, was on the 150-pound crew and the editorial staff of the Nassau Sovereign, and roomed with Paul Windels junior year.

After graduating in 1943, he won battle stars as an infantryman in Europe, witnessing the capture of the prison camp at Dachau, and was commissioned a second lieutenant before war’s end. He met Ann Page Platt while skiing on a mountaintop in 1950, and married her. Tom worked in fertilizer-plant development and housing development in three states before settling in Santa Fe in 1990, where he was a founder and active member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.

He enjoyed the mountains, gardening, tennis, skiing, singing, and reading the Bible and newspapers daily. Tom wrote in our 60th book that after a quadruple heart bypass in 2003, he was even more grateful for his life and nature’s beauty.

Tom is survived by his wife, Page; his children, Page Owings ’73 (our first “daughter of ’44”), Polly Robbins, Sam, and Abigail; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson. A fifth child, James, died in 1981. Our warm condolences go to Tom’s family and friends.

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