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Pam Allan

Allan, Pam
of Phoenix passed away on December 12, 2012. Allan was born in Ohio, and moved to Arizona as an infant. She is survived by an older brother and a lot of friends. Pam was a persistent community advocate for people with disabilities and the issues that mattered to them. She was active in theater since her freshman year in high school. She has been a teacher, an artist/designer, a social worker, and a Quarter Horse breeder, a published playwright and poet. Pam was a member of the Caledonian Society. She first became an advocate in the 90's with Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL). Pam was a long time Republican Party member, and at one point served as District 18 secretary. Pam was a valued member of the ABIL Board of Directors 2001 - 2004 until she became a staff member promoting wellness classes and substance abuse prevention. Pam advocated for public transit in Phoenix and Maricopa County. She was at one time a member of the Phoenix Mayors Commission and worked as a Dial-a-ride monitor to assure quality services. She chaired the first Dial-A-Ride consumer forum. Pam worked on many legislative campaigns, gaining access to public policy makers so that when an issue important to the disability community came up, she had their ear and could help them understand the issues. Amina Kruck, ABIL VP of Advocacy Programs called Pam a "stealth bomber advocate. Pam was soft spoken, but sharp as a tack and always knowledgeable about the issues, including the pro and con arguments. She will bee deeply missed." When she wasn't out in the community advocating, she was writing short, succinct letters to the editor, many of which got published. Pam promoted citizenship wit her peers by actively helping people with disabilities register to vote. She was an election pole worker, helped to train poll workers and promoted more people with disabilities to work as pole workers. Pam encouraged her peers to be politically active in the party of their choice. Pam was a devout Episcopalian, and lived her faith in every way. A Celebration of Life will be held January 10th at 5:30 pm at the Disability Empowerment Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Conference Center in Phoenix. All are welcome. Please RSVP to John Beaubien at johnb@abil.org or 602-443-0738 Pam's body was donated to the U of A medical center per her request.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 6, 2013
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