1913-03-29 Chicago Tribune (IL)
ALLEN CLAN PAIR DIE IN THE CHAIR
Floyd, and Son Claude, Electrocuted for Carroll County, Va., Murders.
SHOT UP THE COURTROOM.
Judge, Prosecuting Attorney, and Three Others Slain in Free for All Fight.
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Richmond, Va., March 28. -- Floyd Allen, leader of the outlaw band which shot up the Carroll county (Virginia) courthouse early this year, when five persons lost their lives, and his son Claude were electrocuted here this afternoon.
The aged prisoner was terribly unnerved by the delay of six hours in carrying out the sentence. The son bore up well.
It had been planned to execute the two men before sunrise, but there was an unavoidable delay, and it was not until 1:20 o'clock this afternoon that Floyd Allen was placed in the chair. He was pronounced dead at 1:26.
Claude Swanson Allen was marched to the chair at 1:30 and wad dead at 1:35.
Gang Shoots Up Courtroom.
On the morning of March 14 Floyd Allen stood before the bar of the Carroll county courthouse at Hillsville to receive sentence for his part in aiding the escape of another mountaineer from the custody of the sheriff. Members of the Allen family were in court and trouble was thought imminent.
The jury having announced a verdict of guilty, Judge Thornton L. Massie sentenced the prisoner to one year at hard labor. With the last word of the sentence a crash of firearms broke from the spectators' benches, Floyd Allen, with a smoking revolver in his hand, leaped from the prisoner's dock and joined the rush of the gang toward the door.
Five Died from Bullets.
When the courtroom was cleared it was found Judge Massie, Commonwealth Attorney William M. Foster, and Sheriff L. F. Webb were dead. Augustus Fowler, a juror, and Elizabeth Ayres, a spectator, died the next day from their wounds. Dexter Goad, clerk of the court, was shot through the neck.
An army of detectives soon was scouring the mountains in search of the prisoners. Floyd Allen, who had been wounded by Sheriff Webb in the courtroom, was taken the day of the crime, together with his son, Victor Allen, and his nephew, Bird Marion.
Sidna Edwards, a nephew of the Allen brothers, was captured in a hut in the mountains March 22. Claude Swanson Allen walked up to a posse in the mountains and surrendered himself on March 28. The next day Friel Allen, youngest member of the gang, was taken at his father's home.
Sidna Allen, brother of Floyd, and his nephew, Wesley Edwards, eluded pursuit and made their way west. They were captured at Des Moines, Ia., Sept. 14.
Floyd Allen Found Guilty.
Floyd Allen was found guilty of first degree murder on May 17 and sentenced to death. Claude Allen was convicted of murder in the second degree. The state demanded a new trial and a verdict a guilty in the first degree was returned on July 27, and he was sentenced to death.
Friel Allen pleaded guilty of murder in the second dgree and on Aug. 14 was sentenced to eighteen years in prison. Three days later Sidna Edwards pleaded guilty and was given fifteen years. Victor Allen was acquitted of a charge of having participated in the murders.
1917-04-26 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Edwin C. Allen, husband of Vera C., father of Edwin C., Virginia, and Edith F. Allen. Funeral notice later. Record #19170426dn001
1939-04-29 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Frank Allen Haskins, suddenly, of 314 Grand boulevard, Park Ridge, beloved husband of Josephine Gordon Haskins, loving father of Virginia and Barbara, son of Mrs. Robert C. Haskins, brother of George E., Harold I., Raymond G., and Dorothy M. Warner. Funeral notice later. Record #19390429dn032
1940-06-30 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--John Allen, June 29, of 123 N. Humphrey avenue, Oak Park, husband of the late Elizabeth C. Allen, father of Ethel L. Allen, Mabel M. Joyce of Oak Park, and Frank J. Allen of Los Angeles, Cal., grandfather of Virginia M. Archibald. Funeral notice later. At rest at chapel, 214-216 S. Western avenue, at Jackson boulevard. Record #19400630dn061
1945-12-28 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Ernest Allen, beloved husband of the late Mazie Flynn Allen, fond father of Virginia Shircliffe, John, Vincent, Laurie Varchmin, and Nancy Swoik. Funeral Saturday, 8:15 a.m., from chapel, 3656 Belmont avenue, to St. Gregory's church. Interment Calvary. Record #19451228dn001
1947-07-16 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Harriette Booth Allen, July 15, 1947, wife of Frank W. Allen, mother of John W., Robert W., and Laura Virginia Allen, daughter of Mrs. Frank Wellington Booth and the late Dr. Booth. Service 2 p.m. Thursday at her home, 5 Indian Hill road, Winnetka, Ill. Interment Memorial Park. Record #19470716dn001
1954-03-10 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Henry Renfro Allen, late of 9100 S. Loomis, beloved husband of Nellie Addis Allen, loving father of Catherine Seibert, Virginia Fagan, fond brother of Clarence Allen and the late James, grandfather of six grandchildren. Funeral service Thursday, 1 p.m., at funeral home, Halsted at 76th street. Burial Holy Sepulchre cemetery. STewart 3-7700. Record #19540310dn045
1956-07-03 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Virginia Allen Dressel of Glen Ellyn, fond wife of Gerhard C.; loving mother of Pearce A.; dear daughter of Mrs. Alma Pearce Allen; sister of Mrs. Elizabeth Allen Cope. Resting at funeral home, 304 N. Main street, Wheaton, Ill. Service Thursday, July 5, at 1:30 p.m. WHeaton 8-0027. Record #19560703dn107
1957-05-09 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Cecil L. Allen of 3209 Wenonah avenue, Berwyn, Ill., beloved wife of Russell W.; fond mother of Mrs. Virginia Stehney, Mrs. Barbara Young, and Russell W. Jr. At funeral home, 6910 Windsor avenue, Berwyn, Ill., after 10 a.m., Thursday, where services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday. Interment Burlington, Ia. Record #19570509dn002
1957-07-15 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Glenna G. Allen, July 13, 1957, of 5348 W. Potomac, beloved wife of William L.; loving mother of Virginia Ruth Barris, John R., and Raymond O. Allen; grandmother of seven; sister of Mrs. Edgar Railsback. Resting at funeral home, 318 N. Central avenue, Austin. Services Tuesday, 10 a.m. Interment La Crosse, Ind. AUstin 7-0017. Record #19570715dn027
1957-11-23 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Nellie Addis Allen, late of 9100 S. Loomis boulevard, beloved wife of the late Henry Renfro Allen; loving mother of Catherine Seiber and Virginia Fagan; dear sister of Mrs. Margaret Maroney of St. Louis, Mo.; fond grandmother of six; great-grandmother of two. Funeral Monday, 9:15 a.m., from funeral home, 8243 S. Ashland avenue, to St. Margaret of Scotland church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre cemetery. STewart 3-7700. Record #19571123dn004
1957-11-24 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Nellie Addis Allen, late of 9100 S. Loomis boulevard, beloved wife of the late Henry Renfro Allen; loving mother of Catherine Seiber and Virginia Fagan; dear sister of Mrs. Margaret Maroney of St. Louis, Mo.; fond grandmother of six; great-grandmother of two. Funeral Monday, 9:15 a.m., from funeral home, 8243 S. Ashland avenue, to St. Margaret of Scotland church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre cemetery. STewart 3-7700. Record #19571124dn005
1958-04-09 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Alexander H. Allen, April 8, of 129 Hickory road, Lombard, Ill., beloved husband of Lucille; fond father of George, Peggy Lou, Virginia, David, Richard, and Larry; brother of Tom and Jeanette Light; son of Marion and the late William B. Allen. Resting at chapel, 430 Main street, Glen Ellyn, until 12 noon Thursday. Lying in state until 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran church, Glen Ellyn. In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions to the Altar Guild Memorial fund, Grace Lutheran church, Glen Ellyn. For information, Glen Ellyn 32. Interment Forest Hills. Record #19580409dn001
1959-01-13 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Mary M. Allen, beloved wife of Leo F.; fond mother of Edwin, John, and Virginia Nelson; sister of Elizabeth Garrett and the late Madeline Brown, Agnes Konig, and Bessie Boyd; grandmother of nine. Funeral Wednesday, Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m., from funeral home, 6754 Northwest highway, to St. Eugene's church. Interment St. Joseph's cemetery. NEwcastle 1-1240. Record #19590113dn002
1959-09-30 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Barbetta J. Allen, 7120 S. Yates, Sept. 28, 1959, wife of the late William R. Allen; dear mother of Virginia Williams; grandmother of Lois Ann Williams; sister of Laida Niles. At chapel, 2121 W. 95th street, where services will be held Thursday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. Interment Oak Woods. Record #19590930dn002
1960-04-25 Chicago Tribune (IL)
BANKER SLAIN BY AN IRATE EX-HUSBAND
Took Slayer's Former Wife to Dinner
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Durham; N. C., April 24 (AP) -- Charles S. Allen, 60, bank executive and president of the Durham baseball club, was shot and killed on the front porch of his expensive home here early Sunday.
Solicitor W. H. Murdock said Allen was shot during a quarrel in the front yard with Forrest Alfred Pollard, 53, Durham attorney and former state legislator.
The solicitor said Allen staggered to the front porch where Pollard mortally wounded him with a blast from a 12 gauge shotgun as Allen's housekeeper attempted to assist him into the house.
Takes Ex-Wife Out
Allen, a widower, escorted Mrs. Pollard, who divorced her husband two years ago, to a dinner party at the exclusive Hope Valley Country club, Murdock said.
After the party, Allen and Mrs. Pollard stopped by Allen's home to determine if his two teen-age children had returned home.
"Allen and Mrs. Pollard and his housekeeper of 22 years, Mrs. Virginia Pitchford, were together in the living room when Pollard came to the house and rang the front door bell," Murdock said.
"Pollard, who had been drinking, began using abusive and insulting language. Allen told him to stop and when he didn't, he slapped Pollard.
They Hear a Shot
"Pollard told him: 'I won't fight you in your own home, come out in the yard and talk,'" Murdock said.
After the two went into the yard, a shot was heard and Mrs. Pitchford ran outside where she found Allen bleeding and holding his side.
"Mrs. Pitchford took hold of Allen and was assisting him up the steps to the door when she said Pollard raised the gun again and fired another charge into Allen," the solicitor related.
Murdock said he will seek an indictment Monday charging Pollard with first degree murder. Pollard was being held without bond.
There apparently was no romantic interest between Mrs. Pollard and Allen, Murdock said.
PHOTO CAPTION: Allen [left] and Pollard. Memo: Photo Record #19600425ob004
1965-04-07 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Howard F. Allen
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Services for Howard F. Allen, 85, formerly of Chicago, who died Monday in Del Ray Beach, Fla., will be held there tomorrow. He was retired treasurer of the Central Republic company, an investment banking firm. He leaves his widow, Virginia; a daughter, Barbara; and a son, Howard Scott Allen. Record #19650407ob016
1965-06-28 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Catherine Allen Seibert, beloved wife of the late Baxter Seibert; loving mother of Jeanne Dosmann and Annette Rice; fond grandmother of nine; dear sister of Virginia Fagan. Funeral Wednesday, 9:15 a.m., from the Sheehy Funeral Home, 8243 S. Ashland avenue, to St. Margaret of Scotland church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre cemetery. LaPorte, Ind. Papers and South Bend, Ind. Tribune please copy. ST 3-7700. Record #19650628dn121
1966-06-30 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Edna L. Allen of 201 15th street, Wilmette, wife of Arthur F. Allen Jr.; mother of Miss Lee, Virginia Louise, and the late Bruce Lennox Allen; daughter of Mrs. Edwin Lennox of Evanston; sister of Mrs. Robert Koerner of Toronto, Ontario, Edwin C. Lennox of Chicago, and Frank H. Lennox of Highland Park. Services 11 a.m. Friday, at the Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth. Interment Memorial Park. AL 1-8200. Record #19660630dn002
1966-06-30 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Mrs. Arthur F. Allen Jr.
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Services for Mrs. Edna Allen, 49, of 201 15th street, Wilmette, who died early yesterday, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth. She is survived by her husband, Arthur F. Jr., a manufacturer's representative; two daughters, Lee and Virginia Louise; her mother, Mrs. Edwin Lennox; two brothers; and one sister.
1966-08-28 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Blanche A. Lee, nee Allen, age 81 years, 1603 Waukegan road, Glenview, Ill., suddenly, Aug. 27, 1966, at Evanston hospital, wife of Rupert I. Lee of Glenview; mother of Mrs. Carl J. [Virginia] Nelson of Northbrook and Dr. R. W. Lee of Sac City Iowa; grandmother of eight. Resting at the Goodale Funeral Home, 912 S. Hamilton street, Lockport. Visitation 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Service and interment Atlantic, Iowa, Tuesday, Roland Home for Funerals, directors. Record #19660828dn107
1967-10-28 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--John Allen, beloved husband of Mildred; fond father of Marilyn and the late John E. [Judy] Allen; grandfather of Jack and Jessica Allen; brother of James Allen, Virginia Shircliffe, Laurie Varchmin, and Nancy Swoik. Funeral Monday, 9 a.m., from Hursen Chapel, 929 Belmont avenue, to St. Sebastian church. Mass 9:30 a.m. Interment family lot. Record #19671028dn001
1967-11-29 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Russell W. Allen Sr. of Berwyn, Ill., husband of the late Cecil [Wilson]; fond father of Mrs. Barbara Young of Hawthorne, Cal., Russell W. Jr. of East Lansing, Mich., and Mrs. Virginia Stehney; grandfather of 10. At the Abram and Son Home for Funerals, 6910 Windsor avenue, Berwyn, where friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Service and interment Thursday in Burlington, Ia. Record #19671129dn003
1967-12-31 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Bertha E. Allen of Lombard, Ill., wife of the late Ray C.; dear mother of Virginia Goetschius, Dorothy Johansen, Beverly Christell, Charles E. and Richard S. Allen; grandmother of 17; and one great-grandmother of 17; and one great-grandchild; sister of Frances W. Shealy. At the Pedersen-Ryberg Mortuary, 435 N. York street, Elmhurst, Ill., after 2 p.m. Monday and where services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday. Interment Chapel Hill Gardens West. Info. 834-1133. Record #19671231dn040
1970-03-17Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Nellie L. Allen, nee Collins, March 16, wife of the late Harry D.; beloved mother of Mary Lou [George M.] Danner, George [Virginia], Alice [John] Forney, John [Rita], and Darold [Verona] Allen; grandmother of 12; great-grandmother of five. Services and interment in Arnolds Park, Ia. Record #19700317dn037
1972-04-30 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Ruth Leahy, nee Allen, age 77, of Lombard, formerly of Nebraska, beloved wife of the late Tollie B.; fond mother of Mrs. Virginia [Ernest] Goldback of Wheaton and Mrs. Ruth [George] Zenner of Dayton, Ohio and the late Patricia; grandmother of four; dear sister of Mrs. Esther Smith of Park Ridge; one nephew and three nieces. Funeral service Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St., Lombard. Visitation Monday 6 to 9 p.m. Interment Forest Home. 629-0094. Record #19720430dn087
1972-07-28 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Nancy Swoik, nee Allen, beloved wife of the late George; dear sister of Virginia [Harold] Shircliffe, Laurie [Arthur] Varchmin, James Vincent [Virginia] Allen and the late John Allen; fond sister in law of Mildred Allen; nieces and nephews. Funeral Saturday, 9:15 a.m., from Casey-Laskowski Funeral Home, 4540-50 W. Diversey Av., to St. Viator Church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment All Saints. 777-6300. Record #19720728dn111
1975-02-05 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Walter E. Allen, beloved husband of Virginia, nee Fitzsimmons. Resting at St. Augustine's Home, 2358 N. Sheffield, Chicago. Visitation Wednesday, 1 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 1975. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. Long time member of the Men's Foundation of Resurrection Hospital. For information call Wm. C. Smith & Sons Funeral Home, 237-8070. Record #19750205dn001
1975-03-05 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Willis Edwin Allen, of 605 Poinsettia St., St. Augustine Beach, Florida, formerly of 73 E. Elm St., Chicago, husband of Madeline, nee Blague; father of David Allen of Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia. Passed away in St. Augustine, Florida, Monday. Services will be held in the Old First Church of Christ, Court Square, Springfield, Massachusetts, at 2 p.m. Entombment will be in the family plot, Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, Mass. Flowers to be omitted & donations made to your church or favorite charity. The family is in residence at the home of Mrs. Giles Blague, 44 Fairfield St., Springfield, Mass. Friends are invited to call from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Record #19750305dn004
1975-04-08 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Leo F. Allen, 88, former manager of the J. W. Allen Co., Chicago, died April 5, in Kankakee, loving father of J. W. (Jack Allen) of Indianapolis, daughter, Mrs. Virginia Nelson of Chgo., and the late Edwin M. Allen; devoted grandfather of 10; great-grandfather of eight. Funeral Wednesday, 10 a.m., from the Clancy Funeral Home, 1151 E. Court St. Visitation after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Burial St. Joseph Cemetery, River Grove Il. 815-932-1214 Record #19750408dn014
1977-02-20 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Virginia S. Allen, nee Seng, of Kenilworth, Feb. 18, wife of Charles W.; mother of Thomas R.; sister of Mrs. Helen Corns and Thomas G. Seng. Visitation at the Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette, from 4-8 p.m. Monday. Mass 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at SS Faith, Hope and Charity Church, Winnetka. Entombment Memorial Park. 251-8200. Record #19770220dn001
1978-10-22 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Gilbert H. Allen, beloved husband of Rita, nee Miller; loving father of Cynthia, Douglas and Kelly; fond brother of Mary Ellen and Raymond (Virginia). Funeral Monday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. at Matz Funeral Home, 3440 N. Central Av. Interment St. Joseph. Visitation 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Please omit flowers. 545-5420. Record #19781022dn064
1980-04-14 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Elizabeth B. Allen, nee Brophy, April 13, beloved wife of the late Fred W.; devoted mother of Margaret, Fred (Frances) and the late Joseph; loving grandmother of Fred (Betty) and Virginia Capling; great-grandmother of Steven, Fred, Kimberly and Kris Capling; fond sister of Margaret Colterjohn, Bernice Carroll, Catherine, Harold, James and the late Mayme, Agnes Jennings, Daniel, Edward and Jack Brophy. Visitation at Birren and Son Funeral Home, 6125 N. Clark St. after 3 p.m. Monday. Funeral Tuesday morning at 9:30. Services in St. Jerome Church at 10 o'clock. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Record #19800414dn024
1981-12-19 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Ethel Allen, once Pennsylvania's top-ranking black woman, dies
Edition: Chicago Tribune--PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Dr. Ethel D. Allen, who as secretary of the commonwealth was once Pennsylvania's highestranking black woman, died Wednesday at Albert Einstein Medical Center. She was 52 years old.
Dr. Allen, a Philadelphia politician who was the city's first black councilwoman, was fired from her cabinet post in 1979 after nine months. Gov. Dick Thornburgh, who had appointed her, criticized her repeated absences from her Harrisburg office and accused her of using for office staff to prepare speeches for which she received honorariums.
Dr. Allen underwent double-bypass heart surgery in October and was admitted to Einstein's intensive care unit Dec. 3. The hospital did not release a cause of death.
DR. ALLEN often described herself as a "B.F.R. -- a black, female Republican, an entity as rare as a black elephant and just as smart."
She was a graduate of West Virginia State College who spent seven years knocking on medical school doors before she was admitted to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy. She was graduated in 1963.
After a year of internship in Michigan, she returned to Philadelphia and set up what she called her practice of "ghetto medicine" in North Philadelphia. She was medical director of the Model Cities program here before winning a City Council seat in 1971. Record #19811219ob001
1982-08-22 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Virginia Allen, nee Fitzsimmons, loving wife of the late Walter E.; sister of the late Marguerite Walther and John Fitzsimmons; aunt of Hope Jandre and John Walther and Lenore Fitzsimmons; great-aunt of Hope Phillips and Marguerite Britton. Funeral Mass Monday at the Little Sisters of the Poor Home, 2325 N. Lakewood at 10 a.m. Interment St. Joseph. Visitation at the home Sunday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. 736-3833. Record #19820822dn081
1999-08-05 Chicago Tribune (IL)
MARY ALLEN, 53, CORPORATE ATTORNEY, MENTOR TO MANY
By James Janega, Tribune Staff Writer.
Edition: Chicago Tribune--Mary D. Allen, vice president and general counsel for the Lake Forest-based Brunswick Corp., was a successful corporate attorney working in a field dominated by men. But she was remembered just as much for the time she made for her family and for mentoring other female professionals.
Ms. Allen died July 27 of lung cancer at the Palliative Care Center of the North Shore in Evanston. She was 53.
"One of the themes of her life was her strength and character and energy in applying herself to what was important to her," said her husband, Richard Vitkus.
"As a professional, she took great pride in managing all the legal work for a company and dealing as an interface with the senior executives and the outside lawyers who actually do much of the real work," said Vitkus, general counsel for Zenith Corp. "She was just a hell of a lawyer."
The "cut no corners" nature of their professional lives often colored their time at home, Vitkus said, leading to evenings and weekend afternoons spent together as they read acquisition agreements, pleadings and litigation.
"There was a weekend where we were both sitting and reading our respective proxy agreements, and we looked at each other and laughed and said, `Boy, are we dull,' " Vitkus recalled.
In dealing with that, he said, Ms. Allen developed a much-appreciated sense of humor that was "droll, dry and intelligent--and acerbic if necessary." That quality broke down barriers between co-workers at every level, said Kathryn Chieger, a Brunswick spokeswoman who worked with Ms. Allen for the last two years.
"She was the one that, when you went down to the company cafeteria, you kind of hoped she would be there because then lunch would be fun," Chieger said.
Perhaps because of the challenges she faced as a woman breaking into the legal profession, Ms. Allen always spent time mentoring other women coming up behind her, and Vitkus said a pile of messages and notes from former proteges has rained into their Evanston home.
Ms. Allen, a lifelong resident of Evanston and graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School, began her career in 1972 as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Hubert Will. In 1974, she was hired as an attorney with the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and was made a partner in 1979. From 1980 to 1987, she served as vice president, assistant general counsel and corporate secretary at Beatrice Cos.
Ms. Allen then served as a senior vice president of JMB Realty and moved to a position as executive vice president and general counsel with Hartmarx Corp. before joining Brunswick in 1997. Since then, said Chieger, she had overseen almost half a billion dollars in acquisition transactions.
In addition to her husband, Ms. Allen is survived by her mother, Virginia Donohue; a son, Joshua Allen; a stepson, Daniel Vitkus; a stepdaughter, Jessica Vitkus; and two stepgrandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in St. Anthanasius Church, 1615 Lincoln St., Evanston. Record #19990805OB9908050036