Raymond A. Allen, 64

Computer analyst

April 02, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Raymond A. Allen III, a computer analyst and consultant who was also a Vietnam War veteran, died of cancer Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Jacksonville resident was 64.

Mr. Allen was born in Neptune, N.J., and raised in Bernardston, Mass. He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University at State College in 1969. In 1974, he earned a master's degree in business from the University of Maryland, College Park.

In 1964, Mr. Allen enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam as a forward observer and later as commander of a field artillery unit. He was discharged in 1967.

Mr. Allen, who attained the rank of lieutenant, was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

"He didn't want to talk about Vietnam very much," said his wife of 38 years, the former Jerilyn "Jeri" Warnick.

Mr. Allen who had been a computer analyst for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and United States Fidelity & Guarantee Co., was the founder and president of M.I.S. Support Group Inc. in Hunt Valley.

Throughout his life, Mr. Allen was active in Boy Scouting. He traveled on many camping trips and led a Scout delegation on a visit to Japan. He also established and endowed a Boy Scout troop at Towson United Methodist Church.

Mr. Allen was also active in Republican politics and had been a member for many years of the Republican Central Committee.

He also had served on the board of the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, where he had established a library for student residents and had recently received a lifetime achievement award for his work at the Baltimore County juvenile detention facility.

Mr. Allen was an accomplished woodworker and avid sailor.

He was a member of Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are two sons, Eric D. Allen of Indianapolis and Peter G. Allen of Alexandria, Va.; his parents, Raymond and Beatrice Allen Jr. of Bethlehem, Pa.; two brothers, Bruce Allen of Bethlehem, Pa., and Neil Allen of Cape Cod, Mass.; two sisters, Linda Stewart of Bethlehem, Pa., and Cathy Ianno of Princeton, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

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