Willard Finley Allen

May 15, 1924July 25, 2012

Willard Finley Allen was born on May 15, 1924 and passed away on July 25, 2012 in Victoria, BC.


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Otto and Kathy Strausz

August 7, 2012

Dear Audrey and Family:We were deeply saddened by your loss. Willard was a wonderful husband and father and a great asset to the university. He was a great teacher, I (Kathy) took
and enjoyed one of his courses.He was always very supportive and kind to us. We shall cherish his memory. Please accept
our sincere compassion. May your love for each other help you through these difficult times. With affection
Otto and Kathy (Strausz)

August 7, 2012

Dear Anne,
With sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your father.
Susan (Tanney) McLevin

August 4, 2012

Niece Barb McIntosh's tribute to her uncle Willard speaks of his kindness,
genuine interest in others, human spirit and curiosity.It says it all.
I can add nothing and yet so much.
He will be missed by his family and friends. And I feel priviledged to have been one of them.
Charles von Muehldorfer
Wednesday Walk'N Talk

David McIntosh

August 2, 2012

I graduated from the University of Toronto as Uncle Willard did many years ago. Because of this, the "hood" I was to wear was the same as the one he wore when he graduated. He got wind of this, and gave me the original one that he wore when he graduated, and that is the hood that I wore when I received my degree. I still have it, carefully tucked away in a chest (from Grandma Allen, incidentally). I hope one day that another of our extended family crosses the same stage for the same degree, and I will ensure that they get the same hood, and that they know where it came from.

Gord and Phyl Freeman

August 1, 2012

Willard was a source of common sense when I needed advice in learning how to teach undergraduate students. He had just come from Calgary in 1958 when I joined the Chem Dept in Edmonton. He was a friend to all the new folk who had to learn the trade.
Phyl and I have had Audrey and the kids in mind since receiving the sad news of Willard's entry to the next phase. But not really sad, because we have all these good memories.
Take care Audrey!
Gord and Phyl Freeman

August 1, 2012

One of my favorite memories of my childhood involves my uncle Willard. It was 1967 and my family went to Expo '67 in Montreal. It was also my 9th birthday. For some reason Willard was there, perhaps at meetings, and he met up with us at the Expo grounds. He invited me to go for lunch with him. No parents, no siblings, just me and him. What a special thing to do. And with his gentleness, kindness and grace, Willard made that lunch so wonderful.
He took me to a real restaurant, ordered the same thing I did - spaghetti. When it came, he asked the waiter to leave the parmesan cheese shaker, so I could have as much as I wanted. When he saw I could not twirl the spaghetti on my fork, he smoothly told me that some grownups preferred to cut their spaghetti with a knife and fork and so he ate his that way along with me, as if he always did. He talked to me as if I were a grownup. He asked me questions and listened to my answers with interest and respect. He told me funny stories and made me laugh. He had the same twinkly eyes his father, my grandfather, had - the kind that glowed with curiosity and interest in who other people were.
What a wonderful gift.
Love and hugs to Audrey, Steven, Anne, Eric, Mary and your families.
Barb McIntosh (Toronto, ON)

Paul and Beverly Kebarle

July 31, 2012

When I came to the Chemistry Department in 1958, one of the first staff members that I met was Willard Allen, Willard helped me a lot in setting up my lab and finding things in the Chemistry Department. Willard and Audrey and Beverly and I became close friends and enjoyed many good times together, The Allens also helped us in many ways. like finding a house in Edmonton. We also remained friends after they moved to Victoria. Our thoughts are with Audrey and the rest of the family at this sad and difficult time.