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Anne Hymee Allen 1932-2012 BENNINGTON Anne Hymee Allen, 79, of Vail Road, Bennington, died May 23 after a long illness. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on December 21, 1932, a daughter of F. Ellwood and Dorothy (Stewart) Allen. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Kennedy, of Ithaca, New York, and a brother, Stewart, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and many nephews and nieces. She was educated at George School, Bennington High School, the Vermont State School of Agriculture, St. John's College, and did graduate work in mathematics at Harvard and the University of Virginia. She was born with a form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, but though this caused problems for most of her life, she was blessed with many academic accomplishments. She received her high school diploma eleven years after graduating from college. She served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955, with service on Okinawa during the Korean War. She was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives from Bennington for the Special Session of 1966, and re-elected for the sessions of 1967 - '68 '71 - '72. She served on the Fish and Game and Government Operations committees. She was best known for the passage of the Administrative Procedures Act, but took most pride in having introduced and brought to passage a state level Endangered Species Act. She served for a number of years as an Auditor of the Bennington School District, and was later elected a Director of the BSD from 1970 to 1977, serving throughout as Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee. During 1969 she served as a mathematical consultant to the Vermont Department of Taxes. She was a teacher for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union from 1971 until 1991, when she was forced to retire for reasons of disability. She taught remedial mathematics at first, then, sensing the greater need, became a reading teacher. Throughout her life she continued her work in mathematics and biology. Her research included aspects of Multiple Tangential Spaces, Intensive Geometry, and Binary Representations of Universal Algebras. After her retirement she developed a strong interest in neuroscience, botany, ornithology, and herpetology. She served on the staff of Mathematical Reviews for many years. She was a Member Emeritus both of the American Mathematical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In her earlier life she was an avid sportswoman. She served as president of the Hale Mountain Fish and Game Club and as a Director of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs and was a life member of the National Rifle Association, and for several years was a writer for The Vermont Sportsman. But later these interests turned to conservation issues. She worked with many conservation organizations, both governmental and private. She was founder and director of The Singing Pond Nature Area. She was an accomplished musician, having played the violin, piano, and harpsichord; she built two instruments of the latter type, one for herself, and with the help of some students, another for the Mt. Anthony Union High School. She was a member of the Libertarian Party. She was a devout Quaker, and was a member of the Wilderness Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. In keeping with Quaker simplicity, there will be no funeral. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net

Published in Bennington Banner on June 4, 2012
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