The chairman of the board of trustees of Oldfields School in Glencoe was among five men killed in a midair collision of two private planes Saturday near Atlanta.
Marion H. "Chip" Allen, an Atlanta attorney, had served on the private girls' school board since 1991. He was chairman this year and was head of the search committee that chose a new headmistress last year.
The 131-year-old boarding and day school has 190 students in grades eight through 12. Students are from 28 states and 12 foreign countries.
Allen's daughters, Ann and Kathryn, graduated in 1992 and 1996, respectively.
"When Chip Allen's first child became a student here at Oldfields, it was the beginning of a long and mutually rewarding relationship," headmistress Kathleen Jameson wrote in a letter sent yesterday to alumnae, parents and friends. "Chip touched everyone he met and made a lasting impression as a kind and caring man."
Allen, 53, was with three colleagues from the Atlanta law firm of Dow, Lohnes and Albertson in a private jet when the collision with a single-engine plane occurred over Roswell, Ga. All aboard the two planes were killed. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Allen was reportedly on his way to Harrisburg, Pa., for a corporate meeting in Hershey. He and the other attorneys represented Cox Enterprises, owners of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.
Services for Allen will be tomorrow in Atlanta.
Pub Date: 4/07/98