Gordon W. Allen, 94, singer, charity director

October 09, 2002

Gordon W. Allen, who directed a local charity and sang in an opera chorus, died Saturday of complications from Parkinson's disease at New Horizons Nursing Home in Ocala, Fla. He was 94 and lived in the Wyndhurst section of North Baltimore before moving to Florida nearly 20 years ago.

Before his 1971 retirement as the executive director of the old Community Chest of the Baltimore Area, he had served with the charity for 23 years.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Allen earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a master's degree in social work from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Allen, who sang in the bass section of the Baltimore Opera Company's chorus, also performed in Gilbert and Sullivan operetta roles with the Baltimore Comic Opera Company. He also sang in the choir of the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore at Charles and Franklin streets and belonged to the Baltimore Chamber Opera Society.

He was a former treasurer of the Baltimore Watercolor Society.

Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Marion County in Silver Spring Shores, Fla.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Mary Jean Stewart; two sons, John Allen of Waltham, Mass., and James Allen of Vero Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Jean Hunter of Keizer, Ore.; and three grandchildren.

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