CANADAIGUA - Donald Stewart Allen from Ferris Hills at West Lake, died (December 31, 2012) at Thompson Medical Center, Canandaigua, N.Y.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Donations to New York Chiropractic College for the Don and Kay Allen International Scholarship Fund, 2360 State Rt. 89, Seneca Falls, NY 13148 Attn: Institutional Advancement. University of Maine Farmington for the Grace Stone Allen Scholarship, UMF 242 Main St. Farmington, ME 04938 Attn: Pat Carpenter.
Born September 9, 1911 to James B. and Grace S. Allen in Saugus, Mass. Married to Catharine "Kay" Cochrane, June 13, 1942 who predeceased him in March 2002.
Education: Graduate of Saugus High School, Saugus, Mass. class of 1928, Dartmouth College A.B. with distinction in Chemistry 1932 also received M.A. in Organic Chemistry from Dartmouth 1934. Received Ph. D in Physical Chemistry from Yale University 1943.
Professional Career: Taught science and Math at Texas Country Day School (now St. Marks School) Dallas, Texas 1934 - 1940. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Bates College, Lewiston, Main 1943 - 1945. Chairman, Division of Natural Science State University of New York at New Paltz 1945 - 1959. Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan Ann Arbor Sabbatic Leave 1952. Lecturer and Researcher Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies, Oak Ridge, Tenn. 1959. Chairman Chemistry Dept. State University of New York at Albany 1959 - 1968. Science Consultant, State University of New York and Ford Foundation Project. IKIP (Teacher Training College), Bandung Indonesia 1963 - 1965. Staff Associate, Advisory Council on College Chemistry, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., summer of 1966. Director Division of Science and Mathematics, Eisenhower College, Seneca Falls, N.Y. 1968 - 1976. Retired from Eisenhower College 1977 and awarded Professor Emeritus of Chemistry in 1978 from Eisenhower College. Visiting Scholar, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK Sabattic Leave 1974 - 1975. Visiting Fellow, South East Asia Program, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 1979 - 1981. Fullbright Research Scholar, IKIP, Bandung, Indonesia 1981. Awarded Honorary Doctorate, New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls. Throughout his life he enjoyed learning and sharing his knowledge on many different topics.
Publications: College Textbook Allen and Ordway "Physical Science" D. VanNostrand Co. 1st edition 1960 2nd edition 1968. English Indonesia Science Dictionary with IKIP Bandung Science Department. Numerous articles, papers, research and book reviews on science and science education topics for various educational and professional organizations throughout his career as an educator.
Professional Memberships and other Activities: American Chemical Society where he actively served on various committees throughout his teaching career.
Founder and First Chairman of Executive Committee of the Finger Lakes Industry-Education Science Council Inc. Former member of Seneca Falls Rotary Club where he was a past president and a Paul Harris fellow and most recently a member of the Rotary Club of Canandaigua. He believed deeply in the Rotary Club motto "Service above self" and strived to live his belief in all the communities in which he worked and lived.
Served on the Board of Directors for the Seneca Senior Center Inc. 1979 and was active in the Torch Club Finger Lakes Geneva where he served as President 1973-74 and Torch Club Albany, N.Y. where he served as Vice President (1967-68).
At Ferris Hills he organized the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions program from 2002 to 2010 and a Travelog Series.
He was a classically trained tenor, studying in New York in the 1930's and enjoyed singing in church choirs, performing an occasional solo and singing with the Mendelssohn Club when living in Albany, N.Y. He was a member of the United Church of Canandaigua.
Travel: He loved to travel and in the late 30s he sailed to Europe on a cotton boat from New Orleans. His professional career took him to many Universities across the US and to Bandung, Indonesia in 1963. He traveled with his family to many countries in Southeast Asia and Europe. He enjoyed many elderhostel programs throughout the US with his wife, Kay, following retirement and in 1979 he organized and directed a tour to the Edinburgh Festival and Oxford University. He and Kay enjoyed trips to Scandinavia, South and Central America, Mexico and Canada.
Survived by daughters, Patricia Allen Kisha of Hamburg, N.J. and Barbara Allen of Dover, Mass. and her partner, Randolph H. Robinson; grandsons, David J. Kisha, Sunnyvale, Calif. and Scott D. Kisha of Washington D.C.; sister-in-law, Peggy Cochrane of Duxbury, Mass.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; companion, Virginia Barkey of Clark Meadows at Ferris Hills, Canandaigua.
Predeceased by three brothers, Norman, Blaine and Phillip Allen.
Arrangements under the care of Sanderson-Moore Funeral Home, Inc., 32 State St., Seneca Falls, N.Y.