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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2012

Willard F. Allen, 1924–2012

Professor Emeritus Willard Finlay Allen, who served as CAUT pre­sident in 1969–1970, and enjoyed a distinguished aca­demic career in chemistry and adminis­tra­tion at the University of Alberta for 36 years, died July 25. He was 88. Born May 15, 1924, Allen grew up in Ontario and received a BSc from the University of Wes­tern Ontario and went on to earn his MA and PhD from the University of Toronto. He joined the UofA in 1948 during the hec­tic post-war years, becoming a ‘one-person chemistry department’ at the then uni­versity’s Calgary campus before ending up permanently in Edmonton in 1958, and retiring in 1984. His achievements during that time include serving as assistant director of the Calgary campus and ap­pointment as associate vice-president academic in 1971.