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December 20, 2016
I was a student of Dr. Allen's. He was phenomenal - one of my best professors ever - and he constantly pushed me to be my best, too. He oversaw my international work on a year abroad and was a big inspiration.
April 03, 2011
I am one of Chris' many cousins, and will miss him for all the reasons that his friends, colleagues, and students have written about in this guest book. I just want to say that, as a relative, I really appreciate all the comments - they are very comforting. If you are new to this guestbook, please add your thoughts, too.

Ruth Allen
March 15, 2011
I was immensely saddened to hear of Chris Allen's death from a mutual friend, Jeremiah Riemer, last night. I usually met Chris at meetings of the German Studies Association or the APSA, where he was always a brilliant performer and wonderful companion at dinners and luncheons. Indeed, he was one of those friends that give one an incentive to attend these conferences. He was also the editor of a book on the transformation of the German party system after unification in which I published an article and in this capacity he was tremendously helpful, patient, and supportive. He was that rare person who combined extraordinary intelligence and abilities in his field, with genuine warmth, generosity, and, not least, a fine sense of humor. How I shall miss him. Michael Richter, New York.
March 07, 2011
Hey Chris, well i ll see you up there one day, don t forget to bring the ball....and let s play our classical sneakers VS UEFA game !!! :==))
i ll miss you my friend !
February 25, 2011
I was very sorry and shocked to learn of Chris' death. We were professional colleagues who shared a strong interest in German politics, and we met often over the past decades at meetings of professional associations, such as the German Studies Association. He also came to the University of Richmond on two occasions to speak at a conference of local school teachers who taught history or social studies courses that covered German or European developments. He was a very capable scholar, engaging speaker, and good friend who shall be missed by all who knew him.
February 25, 2011
I will miss you Chris. I can't say that I knew you so well, only that I would have liked to have known you even better. Yours was a sharp mind and a probing intelligence, and yet you were always extremely kind in any encounter. My deepest condolences to your family.

Jonathan Olsen
February 24, 2011
Chris you were my mentor and a very good friend. I will miss our conversations wherein we discussed topics ranging from Sarah Palin to unionization to the Bourne trilogy (usually in the same conversation). You inspired in me the love for institutionalism and the research puzzle. Your presence will be greatly missed by all. Michael and I are lucky to have known you.
February 23, 2011
I only had Dr. Allen for one class, but it was one of the best classes I've ever taken: Intro to International Affairs while studying abroad in New Zealand. He had such a passion for teaching and for people in general. His class changed my view of the world and sparked an interest in politics that greatly influenced my educational and career path. Indeed, I'm half a semester away from an MPA degree. When it came time to apply for grad school, Dr. Allen was on my short list of professors to ask to write a reference letter for me. I was grateful that he was willing to oblige, even though I was only his student for a short time. He must have said something nice, because I got into all the programs to which I applied.

My favorite memory of Dr. Allen is playing soccer in a New Zealand park with a few other students. At age 60, he was playing at full-speed with a bunch of 19-22 year-olds ... and was dressed in full soccer apparel complete with colored high socks. I remember thinking how admirable it was that a professor would invite all of his students to a game of soccer. I also remember thinking, "Man, I hope I can play like that when I'm that old."

It's only been a few years since then, but I've learned enough about life in that time to know that 63 isn't old at all. It's far too young to have to say goodbye. To his family who knew Chris as a husband, a son, a brother, and an uncle ... and to his friends and colleagues who knew him far better than I: my thoughts and prayers are with you.
February 23, 2011
Chris was my major professor, my colleague, and my friend. He taught me to be a better scholar, a better teacher, and a better man. I will miss him terribly, but I am thankful that I had the chance to know him over the last 15 years.
February 21, 2011
I'll miss your wise and kind words over the years. It's hard to believe we "knew" each other for 10 years. I can only hope to touch peoples' lives the way you have.

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