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Dean A. Allen ’47

Published in June 7, 2006, issue

Dean's life was grounded in his deep-seated values and marked by energetic, voluntary participation in many social and political causes.

In 1944 the Navy sent him to sweep mines off Japan. Returning to Princeton, he married his longtime sweetheart, Princeton "townie" Alice Huntington. After earning a Ph.D. in psychology at Berkeley, Dean taught for three years at Princeton and then became dean of students at Roberts College in Istanbul for what he called three "beautiful, exciting, romantic" years.

After a stint at Bowdoin, he became chief of psychology for student services at UMass, Amherst, where explosive growth had suddenly produced 20,000 students, many "alienated" by their impending conscription into the Vietnam War. Counseling them led Dean to launch a local peace center and initiate many other community activities.

His life, which ended Nov. 1, 2005, was celebrated by Amherst's newspaper with a full page reciting his many community services and glowing tributes by those he had befriended and inspired.

To his "best friend" Alice and their family, we tender our celebration of a remarkable classmate.

The Class of 1947

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