Glen Allen, 50, Quest Diagnostics sales specialist

September 25, 2001|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Glen Samuel Allen, a customer service representative for a medical technology firm who as a student managed the Pennsylvania State University football team, died Saturday of primary pulmonary hypertension at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Timonium resident was 50.

A hospital sales support specialist at Quest Diagnostics, a medical-testing company based in Halethorpe, he had been the student-manager of Penn State's football team during the 1972 season.

Mr. Allen stood 4 feet, 10 inches tall, but family members and friends said his height did not limit him. He played racquetball and other sports, and sailed in the Chesapeake and the Caribbean.

"He was short-statured, but not to anyone who knew him -- or to himself. He never let anything get in his way," said Mary Linkous, a friend who lives in New Park, Pa.

"His life was normal in all respects. He maybe had to stand up on a stool every so often, but that was about all," said his sister, Kathleen Allen Wilson of New Park, Pa.

Born in York, Pa., Mr. Allen was raised in New Park, where he played Little League baseball and was known as "Shortstop" -- a reference to his height and the position he played. At Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove, he was football and basketball manager, played saxophone in the school band, sang in the chorus and was student council president.

He was a 1973 graduate of Penn State, where he earned a degree in medical technology. While in college, he was an assistant manager and then manager of the football team; his duties included helping set up for practice and working with assistant coaches during drills.

On Jan. 1, 1972, he accompanied the Penn State team to the Cotton Bowl game for its 30-6 victory over the University of Texas.

"Glen loved his sports," said Allan "Buddy" Williams, a friend who lives in Towson. "I taught Glen to sail -- he handled his boat well, under sail and under power. We sailed the Chesapeake Bay extensively. One of his favorite destinations was Rock Hall. He would bring his boat into the Inner Harbor, too.

"One time, he called me about going to the Caribbean. He talked me into it, and that led to seven or eight more trips down there. He enjoyed the British Virgin Islands. Year after year, the staff at hotels, restaurants, the marina -- they all remembered Glen. He was such an outgoing kind of person.

"He was always busy, very social. He loved to dance and he loved the girls -- the taller the better," Mr. Williams said.

Mr. Allen also enjoyed cars. Among those he owned over the years were a 1974 Corvette, a Pontiac Fiero and his recent acquisition -- a two-seater BMW roadster.

Mr. Allen worked out at Merritt athletic clubs, where he often played racquetball and squash. He also arranged racquetball tournaments.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Centre Presbyterian Church in New Park, where he was a member.

Survivors, in addition to his sister, include a nephew, the Rev. Michael R. Wilson of Quarryville, Pa., and a niece, Mary Catherine Bolton of Warrington, Pa.

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