Allan died Jan. 7, 2011, under circumstances as tragic and bewildering as his life. According to the Connecticut medical examiner, Allan suffered a heart attack and “his living quarters were such that when he collapsed he fell into the (Mystic) river,” from which his body was recovered.
Coming from Andover Academy, Allan left almost a blank paper trail at Princeton. Only his address appears in the Freshman and Nassau heralds. The Bric-a-Brac shows him as a member of the NROTC drill and rifle teams. Alumni Records lists him as a member of Terrace Club. Randy Marlin remembers him as an associate editor on The Daily Princetonian. From Don Kirk we learned that he graduated magna cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School. Larry Lewin remembers Allan’s aborted attempt to elect the Marine Corps option by wearing ultra-thick contact lenses.
Allan’s post-graduation career is one of great achievement and tragic misfortune. A Fulbright scholar in economics at Universität Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia, he taught finance and investment at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He founded a financial-futures consulting firm and authored three books on finance. Sometime after 1985 he began to divide his time between Munich, Germany, and Rhode Island/Connecticut, often homeless and often unable to control his mental illness. His last achievement was his self-published Assassination at Sarajevo in 2008.
He is survived by a sister.