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June 15, 2013
Allen was my father. I can't imagine life without his presence but I hope he will remain always with me--in my heart. He was such a quiet and unassuming man. You would never have known what a full and meaningful life he led but he seemed to know people everywhere he went and people seemed to gravitate toward him. He just had a calming effect on people. What a gift he had! He was a great communicator and a defender of the people--regardless of their gender or lot in life. He once told me he hadn't really thought of himself as a woman's rights activist, he just agreed that Sally Reed had been treated unfairly by the Courts and THAT was why he took on her case. The national interest just picked up steam as the case progressed. It was the whole principal of the situation that got to him! Several attorneys had turned her down before she came to my dad. Noone knew it but, Sally Reed was left alone in her final years. She had no family to see or visit her. My dad made sure to visit her in the nursing home every week to make sure she was okay until she died. He did it because he cared about her. Not because he thought anyone was watching THAT speaks volumes to me about the kind of man he was.
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